Progressivism: Moving the Whole World Forward

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Progressivism: Moving the Whole World Forward

Marc Moreau

October 31, 2006

Developing my philosophy of education is not nearly as difficult as naming one particular philosophy that encompasses me as an educator. While tallying up the score of my quiz we had taken earlier in class, I was not surprised that I had scored high on one educational philosophy, progressivism. The rest of the philosophies; essentialism, perennialism, social reconstructionalism and existentialism scored lower, but not by much. According to the analysis of the quiz, I am a true progressivist. I am the progressive educator and I will show what progressivism is, how it is implemented in my classroom, how it suits my classroom management skills, and teaching skills.

Through my research I have found that progressivism is based upon organizing schools around concerns, curiosities, and real-world experiences of students by teachers who help in formulating meaningful questions and devising strategies to answer them through real world experience (Sadker, 335). In other words, teaching through activities and projects that make them think critically by learning through real interactions and testing which will develop their deep and complex thinking processes. One of the innovators of this way of thinking applied to teaching and education was John Dewey, a reformer with a background in philosophy and psychology. He believed the scientific method was a great way to go about thinking critically about the world around us (Sadker 335). He designed a classroom that encompassed facilities of a science laboratory, an art room, a woodworking shop, a kitchen, and many more places to learn hands on. Dewey also placed many of these students in groups to have maximum social interaction. This allowed for learning to incorporate cooperative model-making, role playing, dramatization, and field trips. These social interactions and hands on education were in place because Dewey believed that group...
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