2nd Edition

Experiencing Dewey
Insights for Today's Classrooms

ISBN 9780415841597
Published October 7, 2013 by Routledge
224 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Experiencing Dewey: Insights for Today’s Classroom offers an inspiring introduction to one of the most seminal figures in the field of education. In this collection of essays, contemporary authors consider their favorite quotations from John Dewey’s bountiful works and share how Dewey has impacted their teaching practices. Responses are organized around the themes introduced in the first edition: active learning, the educative experience, critical thinking, inquiry and education, and democratic citizenship, plus a new section on accountability added for the second edition. Quotes and responses are kept deliberately brief as an effective way of inviting readers to reflect on and experience Dewey.

Co-published with Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Experiencing Dewey remains a powerful resource for current and aspiring teachers. This thoroughly updated edition also includes online resources for teacher educators to help facilitate the book’s use in higher education courses. 


Table of Contents

Foreword by Deron Boyles

Introduction by Rick Breault and Donna Adair Breault

Part I: Accountability Accountability: To Whom, for Whom, and by Whom? by Rick Breault

1. A Call for Creativity and Freedom in the Midst of Accountability: A Teachable Moment by Maggie Allison

2. Tracing Anew the Process of Learning by A. G. Rud

3. Responsibility not Accountability: The Experiential Artistry of Teaching by Walter S. Gershon

4. An Alternative Image of Data: Not What but Where by Sebastián Díaz

5. Who Is Accountable? by Alexander David Tuel

6. Art and Accountability by Kyle Greenwalt

7. On Democratic Accountability and the Educative Experience by Patrick M. Jenlink

8. How Mechanization Leads to Contempt for the Teaching and Learning Process by Louise Anderson Allen

9.Teaching Our Legislators a Big Idea in 52 Words or Less by Peter S. Hlebowitsh

10. What Imposed Standards Do to the Child bt M. Frances Klein

11. Collecting and Preserving the Educational Present by Craig Kridel

Part II: Active Learning Active Learning: A Growth Experience by Rick Breault

12. A Spectator’s Version of Knowledge by Deron Boyles

13. Making Informed Judgments by Dan Marshall

14. The Growth of Future Generations Starts Today by Jonathan T. Martin

15. Experience, Heightened Vitality, and Aesthetic Engagement, or Why Is Stick Man Smiling? by P. Bruce Urmacher and Christy M. Moroye

16. Listening for the Gentle Whisper by Rick Breault

17. Work in School by Donna Adair Breault

18. Active Learning as Reflective Experience by William H. Schubert

19. Providing Environments Conducive to Proper Digestion by Lisa Goeken-Galliart

20. Becoming a Student of Teaching by Robert V. Bullough, Jr.

21. Effort: The Outgrowth of Individual Interest by Robert C. Morris

Part III: Critical Thinking The ‘Varied and Unusual’ Abuses of Critical Thinking by Donna Adair Breault

22. The Dangers of Imagination by Robert Boostrom

23. The Importance of Freedom of Thought by Matthew Keeler

24. Transcending False Dichotomies: Confronting One of Life’s Consistently Compelling Challenges by Thomas E. Kelly

25. Educator’s Professional Freedom for Students’ Democratic Liberation by James G. Henderson

26. American Students and the Explorer’s Mind by Laura Dawes

27. Dewey’s Freedom of Intelligence by Linda O’Neill

28. Unexamined Presumptions by George W. Noblit

Part IV: Democratic Citizenship Preparing Children for Democratic Citizenship by Rick Breault

29. Teaching Democracy for Life by John M. Novak

30. Education for a Changing World by William Ayers

31. John Dewey and the American Creed by Daniel Tanner

32. John Dewey and the Import of a Curriculum Devoted to Student Experience by Chara Haeussler Bohan

33. The Best and Wisest Parent by David J. Flinders

34. Building a Community of Inquirers by Sam F. Stack Jr.

35. A Being Connected with Other Beings by Audrey M. Dentith

36. The Value of Communication in a Classroom Community by Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon

37. Realizing a Common Good by Randy Hewitt

38. Teacher as Shaper of Social Process by Louise M. Berman

39. The Societal Purpose of Education by Jesse Goodman

40. Foundations of Deweyan Democracy: Human Nature, Intelligence, and Cooperative Inquiry by Stephen M. Fishman

41. Why We Forget: Liberty, Memories, and Seeking Simple Answers by David M. Callejo-Pérez

Part V: The Educative Experience An Educative Experience? A Lesson in Humility for a Second-Grade Teacher by Donna Adair Breault

42. Aesthetics of Human Understanding by Margaret Macintyre Latta

43. Growth: The Consummate Open-Ended Aspiration by Paul Shaker

44. The Relations of One Great Common World by Gary Weilbacher

45. Learning In and Out of School: Bridging the Cultural Gap by Ron W. Wilhelm

46. The Child and the Curriculum: Two Limits That Define a Single Process by William A. Reid

47. The Reconstruction of Experience by Edmund C. Short

48. The Teacher-Artist by George Willis

49. ‘Of all affairs, communication is the most wonderful’ by Gert Biesta

Part VI: Inquiry and Education Inquiry and Education: A Way of Seeing the World by Donna Adair Breault

50. The Power of an Ideal by Jim Garrison

51. Dogma, Democracy, and Education by William G. Wraga

52. The Role of Intelligence in the Creation of by Art Elliot W. Eisner

53. Imagination of Ideal Ends by Craig A. Cunningham

54. The Teacher as Theorist and Lover by Greg Seals

55. Autonomous Education: Free to Determine Its Own Ends by Larry A. Hickman Editors and Contributors

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Donna Adair Breault is department head of Childhood Education and Family Studies at Missouri State University.

Rick Breault is director of the Southwest Regional Professional Development Center at Missouri State University.


"This second edition of Experiencing Dewey expands and strengthens an already highly useful text.  The Breaults have once again extended Dewey's legacy by inviting new authors to re-imagine contemporary challenges in light of Dewey's work.  This text will no doubt help new and seasoned Dewey readers alike to connect Dewey's work to the myriad problems we face today.”—Wesley Null, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Baylor University

“As a teacher educator and former public school teacher, I still find Dewey’s work both formative and transformative.  This book reminds us of Dewey’s profound impact on education and the need to reflect and engage in a national discourse about the value of experience in the learning process as we prepare students for the 21st Century.”—Maria Stallions, Associate Professor, Education, Roanoke University