The Dewey School: The Laboratory School of the University of Chicago, 1896-1903

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Transaction Publishers, 1966 - Education - 489 pages
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This book talks of perhaps one of the greatest education experiments in the history of America. In 1894 John Dewey moved his position as Chairman of the Philosophy Department at the University of Michigan to assume the position as Chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Psychology, and Pedagogy at the University of Chicago. He would remain there until 1904, his departure prompted in great part by his dissatisfaction regarding his wife's treatment by the administration in her role of principal of the Laboratory School. At this time Dewey was anxious to translate his more abstract ideas into practical form and he saw the position at Chicago affording him a rare opportunity to do this.

The school itself was conceived by Dewey as having an organic functional relation to the theoretical curriculum. Just as Dewey was anxious to merge philosophy and psychology and to relate both of these disciplines to the theoretical study of education, similarly he saw the school as a laboratory for these studies analogous to the laboratory used in science courses. This effort to merge theory and practice is perhaps the major characteristic of Dewey's entire professional career. In the opening sentence of Dewey's remarks in his essay in this volume, "The Theory of the Chicago Experiment," we see the extent to which this problem preoccupied him: "The gap between educational theory and its execution in practice is always so wide that there naturally arises a doubt as to the value of any separate presentation of purely theoretical principles."

This book is an accurate and detailed account of one of the most experiments ever undertaken in America. It provides the reader with the complexity of John Dewey's abstract philosophy experimentalism.

Katherine Camp Mayhew and Anna Camp Edwards were active leaders in the development and administration of the Dewy School the both taught at this school and later gave a full account of the remarkable experiment that was the Dewey School that is enclosed in this book.

 

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Contents

GENERAL HISTORY
4
EXPERIMENTAL BASIS OF CURRICULUM
21
EXPERIMENTAL PRACTICES DEVELOPING THE CURRICULUM
40
HOUSEHOLD OCCUPATIONS
57
SOCIAL OCCUPATIONS SERVING THE HOUSEHOLD
75
PROGRESS THROUGH INVENTION AND DISCOVERY
96
PROGRESS THROUGH EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY
118
LOCAL HISTORY
142
PRINCIPLES OF GROWTH GUIDING SELECTION OF ACTIVITIES
251
EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITIES DEVELOPING SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND CONCEPTS
272
EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITIES DEVELOPING ORIGINS AND BACKGROUNDS OF SOCIAL LIFE
311
EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITIES DEVELOPING SKILLS IN COMMUNICATION AND EXPRESSION
337
TEACHERS AND SCHOOL ORGANIZATION
366
PARENTS AND CHILDREN
398
EVALUATION OF PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
414
THE EVOLUTION OF MR DEWEYS PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION
446

COLONIAL HISTORY AND THE REVOLUTION
167
EUROPEAN BACKGROUND OF THE COLONISTS
186
EXPERIMENTS IN SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES
201
EXPERIMENTS IN SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES
221
EXPERIMENTS IN SPECIALIZED ACTIVITIES
238
THE THEORY OF THE CHICAGO EXPERIMENT
464
LIST OF TEACHERS AND ASSISTANTS IN THE LABORATORY SCHOOL
480
INDEX
482
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