John Dewey's Philosophy Of Education

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There are many different philosophies that have greatly impacted the field of education. While the main goal of teaching is often the same for teachers, they may choose to approach the way they reach that goal very differently. Their reasoning often stems from different philosophies and theories about education. While I see the merit in many of the main philosophies of education, there are a few that really resonate with me. The theorists that I mainly draw on for my personal philosophy are John Dewey and Howard Gardner. I feel that these two theorists help me better express what I believe about education and the learning process.
John Dewey – Learning by Doing
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself” – John Dewey
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John Dewey was born on October 20, 1859. During his life he spent a great deal of time working towards developing philosophies about education and psychology. Dewey began by getting a bachelor’s degree and teaching for two years. He then decided to go back and get his Ph.D. After completing his schooling, Dewey began to work toward researching and developing a theory about the approach to education he felt was best. Dewey was focused on learning the role of the child in learning and how education should be approached. The main themes in his philosophy are humanism, pragmatism, and…show more content…
This relates to his focus on humanism. Dewey discussed that children are more likely to gain something from education when it is related to them and when they are able to take part in their learning (Talebi, 2015). Dewey emphasized the important role that education has to help students become productive members of society. His works show that allowing the students to play an active role in the learning process, they are more likely to gain important social and collaborative skills.
John Dewey’s philosophy of education is woven through many different approaches in schools. One of the approaches that I believe resonates the most with his work is Project Based Learning, or PBL. In PBL, the students are presented with a problem, question, or challenge that they must work through for an extended length of time. During this time the students participate in engaging experiences to investigate their driving question. This relates to Dewey’s theories because he focuses on the students actively participating in authentic
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