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Title:John Dewey's "The educational situation as concerns the elementary school:" Implication for our time
Author(s):Westbury, Ian
Subject(s):John Dewey
educational change
classroom teaching
Abstract:I reflect on Dewey’s ways of thinking about curriculum change and improvement in his essay “The Educational Situation: As Concerns the Elementary School” to compare them with the ways in which we think about this same problem today. I ask (1) How our understanding of the problem of curriculum change or “reform” has shifted, changed, and/or developed when compared to the understanding Dewey offered a century ago? and (2) What might the conclusions of a reflection on this question mean for our contemporary understanding of curriculum theory and research and of the theory/practice relationship? The claim is that Dewey’s conclusions around “the educational situation as concerns the elementary school” still hold in virtually every respect. But the modes of analysis of this problem within contemporary curriculum theory and research are arguably less sophisticated than were Dewey’s analysis of 100 years ago.
Issue Date:2002
Publisher:John Wiley & Co.
Citation Info:Westbury, I. (2002). John Dewey’s “The educational situation: as concerns the elementary school:” Implications for our time. Journal of Curriculum & Supervision, 20 (2), 120-129.
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-12-02

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