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Dewey and Education in the 21st Century: Fighting Back.


Dewey and Education in the 21st Century: Fighting Back

Edited by Ruth Heilbronn, Christine Doddington, and Rupert Higham



228 pages




Based on a conference to mark the centenary of the publication of John Dewey's Democracy and Education in Cambridge, England, in October 2016, this volume brings together 10 essays by education and other scholars from Europe, the US, and Cameroon, who outline his philosophy of education in the 21st-century context and its emphasis on education for humanistic rather than economic purposes. They draw on his philosophy to expand their idea that commitment to fighting back against a technicist view of education is necessary, focusing on the areas of technology, embodiment, and democracy and development. They address issues and controversies related to digital technologies in education, including the fear the young people are spending too much time on social media, the value of makerspaces in learning, and the study of classic texts using the internet; how to understand lives as embodied, with discussion of the Alexander Technique, the somatic experience of African Americans in schools, and changing the physical environment to emphasize outside learning; and how a broader and forward-looking understanding of the curriculum can develop students' motivation to learn and the social bonds needed for a healthy democracy, with discussion of the role of educators' dispositions and mental processes, the concept of interests, communication, and the democratic curriculum. Distributed in North America by Turpin Distribution. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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