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Pde2012 l7 dewey 2

  1. 1. Dewey 2 What does child-centred mean?Supporting a reading of Experience and Education chapters 1-3
  2. 2. Child centredness: how simple?• It certainly means ‘putting the child at the centre of the learning event’• Does it mean something else besides this?
  3. 3. Dewey’s educational philosophy Pedagogical The School and Society Social/ political
  4. 4. Democratic Context 4 Dr F.Long, Education
  5. 5. • Herbart’s Method: 5 steps • Dewey’s method: 5 Steps – Preparation (ask for previous • Confusion. The teacher experiences, thoughts) introduces the confusion usually – Presentation of new content by skillful questioning – presented with utmost • -learners attempt to formulate care and logic the problem or problems (representation by learners) – Association – informal • Hypothesis. A type of mental construct arises, a form of theory conversation to link new that arises from practice – a knowledge to old, multiply hypothesis links – Generalisation ; what • Testing the hypothesis: an general principle might arise experiment is designed to test it from this new learning? (Inquiry, p. 112) Extend the learning • Operational Idea – the well – Application to different tested hypothesis leads to contexts of what is learned operational ideas
  6. 6. Johann Friedrich Herbart 1776-1841 • Influences on Method: • Child’s experience is the key starting point • Child’s interest must be aroused • Child’s experience then needs instruction • The presentation by Teachers is key to the re-presentation of learners • The child’s representations Dr F.Long, Education 6
  7. 7. Lev Vygotsky (1896 – 1934)• Zone of Proximal Development (Zaretskii,2009) Dr F.Long, Education 7
  8. 8. • We show the child how the problem should be solved and look to see whether or not, imitating what he’s been shown, he completes the problem.• Or we begin to solve the problem and allow the child to complete it.• Or we give him problems that are beyond the bounds of his mental age to solve in collaboration with another, more developed child,• or, finally, we explain to the child the principles for solving the problem, pose a leading question, break the problem down into pieces for him, and so forth.• In short, we ask the child to solve problems that are beyond the bounds of his mental age using one form of collaboration or another (Vygotsky as cited in Zaretskii, 2009, p. 76)• Zaretskii, V. K. (2009), The Zone of Proximal Development: What Vygotsky Did Not Have Time to Write, Journal of Russian & East European Psychology 47(6), 70-93. Dr F.Long, Education 8
  9. 9. Chapter 1• Some contrasts: – The education is development from within or formation from without (p. 17) – Formation from without: • Transmit past knowledge to present generation for future use (habits of knowledge, conduct, school organisation) • Textbooks a central feature, teaching quality significant – Development from within: • Cultivation of individuality (p. 19), internal discipline, learning from experience, vital appeal, dynamic aims and materials • To locate subject-matter within experience (p.20) – Dewey’s new educational foundation: the child’s experience
  10. 10. Chapter 1: Query• Main Fault of Progressivism: to constitute itself negatively as a reaction against traditional schemes and methods rather than positively• To define itself by means of what it stands against rather than what it stands for• What does it stand for?
  11. 11. Chapter 2• What is educative experience? – Miseducative experiences • Cause a rut so the same behaviour is repeated without variation • Cause enjoyment but in a careless way • Disconnected experiences – ‘dispersive, disintegrated, centrifugal habits’ (p. 26) • Linking learning to boredom• A philosophy of education? – Constituted by a plan for deciding upon • Subject-matter (p. 28) • Methods of instruction and discipline • Social organisation of the school
  12. 12. Chapter 3• The nature of experience – Emotional as well as intellectual attitudes (p.35) – Growth leading to flourishing (p.35) –lego? A spoiled child? (p.37) – ‘dynamic system’ – Experience - a moving force for the good (p.38) – The guidance of the mature person (p.38) – Experience linked to objective conditions (p.39), environing conditions (p.40) – Example of feeding a baby (p.41) meeting of internal and external conditions (p.42) – The two principles of continuity and interaction (p.44) – What education can prepare for the future? (p.49)
  13. 13. Contrasts• Traditional • Progressive – “the beginning of instruction – “Dogmatic” knowledge shall be made with the compartmentalised and experience learners already disconnected from have” (EE, p.74) – “expansion and organization child’s experience of subject-matter through – A “diet of predigested growth of experience” materials” (Experience (EE,p.74) – Social situations and Education, p. 46) • Progress marked by a continuous spiral (EE,p.79) – a laboratory research Education, Dr F.Long 13
  14. 14. Summary Words: Interest• Interest – Avoid drudgery – Avoid routine – Avoid the teacher’s ideas alone or ideas for their own sake – Promote spontaneous activity like playing – Promote doing and enjoying “Education is development within, by, and for experience” (EE, p.28) Education, Dr F.Long 14
  15. 15. Second Summary Word: Experience• Experience “Every experience is a moving force” EE, p.38) – Avoid callousness – Avoid entertainment – Avoid disconnections – Promote Interaction of subject areas – Promote Interaction of pupils – Promote Continuity of learning, (reinforcement) from earlier understanding to later understanding Education, Dr F.Long 15
  16. 16. Third Summary Word: Discipline• Think of teaching and learning together as an activity• Think of this activity as a game. How are the rules of this game infringed?• Participants submit to the rules for the sake of the activity• There is no arbitrary authority “the control of individual actions is effected by the whole situation in which individuals are involved…” (EE, p.53) Education, Dr F.Long 16
  17. 17. Main points• Like Herbart, Dewey wants to set learning on a proper psychological footing: All learning is purposive, directional, connected to the learner’s life• Links education to society and the democratic process. Do you understand how this link is made in Dewey’s system?• Desire has been replaced by discipline in most traditional schools. How does Dewey propose reversing this? How could the new structure be disciplined?• Learning situations. How different are these from traditional ways of approaching the curriculum? Education, Dr F.Long 17
  18. 18. ‘democratic’ knowledgeI believe that the only true education comes through the stimulation of the child’s powers by the demands of the social situations in which he finds himself. Through these demands he is stimulated to act as a member of a unity...In order to know what a power really is we must know what its end, use, or function is; and this we cannot know save as we conceive of the individual as active in social relationships. John Dewey, My Pedagogic Creed 18 Dr F.Long, Education
  19. 19. Definition• Inquiry is the controlled or directed transformation of an indeterminate situation into one that is so determinate in its constituent distinctions and relations as to convert the elements of the original situation into a unified whole • John Dewey, The Logic of Inquiry (1938), p. 104