The Middle Works, 1899-1924

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SIU Press, 1980 - Education - 402 pages
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John Dewey's best-known and still-popular classic, Democracy and Educa­tion, is presented here as a new edition in Volume 9 of the Middle Works. Sidney Hook, who wrote the introduction to this volume, describes Democracy and Education: “It illuminates directly or indirectly all the basic issues that are cen­tral today to the concerns of intelligent educators. . . . It throws light on sev­eral obscure corners in Dewey's general philosophy in a vigorous, simple prose style often absent in his more technical writings. And it is the only work in any field originally published as a textbook that has not merely acquired the status of a classic, but has become the one book that no student concerned with the phi­losophy of education today should leave unread.” Dewey said in 1930 that De­mocracy and Education, “was for many years the one [book] in which my philos­ophy . . . was most fully expounded.”

 

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Contents

Education as a Necessity of Life
4
Education as a Social Function
14
Education as Direction
28
Education as Growth
46
Preparation Unfolding and Formal Discipline
59
Education as Conservative and Progressive
75
Chapter 7 The Democratic Conception in Education
87
Aims in Education
107
Play and Work in the Curriculum
202
The Significance of Geography and History
215
Science in the Course of Study
227
Educational Values
240
Labor and Leisure
259
Intellectual and Practical Studies
271
Naturalism and Humanism
286
The Individual and the World
300

Natural Development and Social Efficiency as Aims
118
Interest and Discipline
131
Chapter n Experience and Thinking
146
Thinking in Education
159
The Nature of Method
171
The Nature of Subject Matter
188
Vocational Aspects of Education
316
Philosophy of Education
331
Theories of Morals
356
First Edition Pagination Key
371
Index
393
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About the author (1980)

Sidney Hook, protégé, colleague, and friend of John Dewey, is Senior Re­search Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

Jo Ann Boydston, General Editor of the Middle Works, is Director of the Center for Dewey Studies at Southern Illinois Univer­sity at Carbondale.