Thursday, September 22, 2011

John Dewey

John Dewey was a pioneer of education. He tried to change the standardized view of education, which was curriculum-centred, and proposed a different view of education, which was student-centred. He created a special school called "The Laboratory School" in where he tested his own ideas of education. In this school, classes consisted of theoretical work and practice, and activities were based on practical experiences. He believed that the aim of education should be the realization of one's full potential and the ability to use those skills for the greater good. He also believed that democracy and school related to each other. He defined democracy as a way of living. That's why he believed that schools should help students to learn to live and to work cooperatively with others.
I would like to apply his ideas with my students. I believe they are the most important factor in education. I think a good teacher is that one who guides students and shows them the way in order to make them learn by themselves. In addition, they also learn how to learn.

1 comment:

Ronnie's in the house said...

I do believe that John Dewey was certainly a pioneer. And, as every pioneer we have been working on and learning about, he was ahead of his time. He was the forerunner of student-centred methods of education actually applied in classrooms. His work helped hundreds in his time, and thousands afterwards. Had not been for his amazing and titanic work, things would have been unbelievably different nowadays.