Dewey and European Education

Dewey and European Education : General Problems and Case Studies

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Although John Dewey's ideas have been of central interest in Anglo-Saxon philosophy and history of education, it is only recently that similar interest has developed in continental Europe.
Deweyan philosophy of education has had to pass through national filters, which meant that it was received in national contexts of reform. The `German Dewey' was differently construed to the French, Italian, or English Dewey. This seems to change after 1989 (and the fall of socialist education) when interest in Dewey increased. The new political and philosophical interest in Dewey has to do with the lost alternative `socialism', and thus with the opening of Eastern Europe and the new problems of education within a worldwide community.
This volume stresses two points. The original interest of European education in Dewey will be presented in case studies, concerning different national contexts and thus different Dewey's. What can be called the renewal of interest will be argued from different sides. It is our intention to show that today's interest in Dewey is not the remake of the reception within the different camps of progressive education.
This volume will be of interest to philosophers of education, historians of education, and people engaged in the philosophy, history and the reception of Dewey.
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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 160 x 228.6 x 10.2mm | 362.88g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 228 p.
  • 0792363892
  • 9780792363897
  • 2,328,270

Table of contents

Introduction; J. Oelkers, H. Rhyn. 1: General Topics. Democracy and Education: About the Future of a Problem; J. Oelkers. `Context and Interaction. How to Assess Dewey's Influence on Educational Reform in Europe? G.J.J. Biesta, S. Miedema. 2: Case Studies. Dewey in Britain; J. Darling, J. Nisbet. Dewey in Postwar-Italy: The Case of Re-Education; C. Allemann-Ghionda. John Dewey in France; J.-H. Schneider. German Readers of Dewey - Before 1933 and After 1945; S. Bittner. John Dewey and the Development of Education in Russia before 1930 - Report on a Forgotten Reception; I. Mchitarjan. John Dewey's Teaching Methods in the Discussion on German-Language Kindergartens - A Case of Non-Perception? B. Soerensen Criblez. 3: Particular Problems. Education, not Democracy? The Apolitical Dewey; P. Gonon. The Global Community, Religion, and Education: The Modernity of Dewey's Social Philosophy; D. Troehler. The Renewal of Dewey - Trends in the Nineties; R. Lehmann-Rommel. Biography of Contributors.
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