chapter  6
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John Dewey’s philosophy of education

ByR. S. Peters

Introduction It would be tempting to regard John Dewey’s philosophy of education as an extrapolation of key features of learning situations in the old rural life, in which he was nurtured, to schooling in the industrial society which developed during his lifetime. Dewey experienced the new schooling firsthand as a not very successful teacher and was appalled by the rote-learning, regimentation, and irrelevance to life that characterized so much that went on. His philosophy, it might be said, was an attempt to introduce into this new institution the problem-solving, do-it-yourself method of the learning of his boyhood, together with the close link between learning and living and the sense of contributing to a social whole permeated by shared experiences.