John Dewey Philosophy Of Education

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“Philosophy (love and wisdom) is the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, nature and the meaning of life” (Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary, 2011). “The definition of education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life” (Dictionary.com Unabridged, 2016 & Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 1997). Continuing, (Neill, 2005) researched that John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education indicates that: “Learning was active and schooling unnecessarily long and restrictive. His idea was that children came to school to do things and live in a community which gave them real, guided experiences which fostered their capacity to contribute to society. For example, Dewey believed that students should be involved in real-life tasks and challenges.” There are other educational philosophies, but in this essay, I was given the great opportunity to choose an educational philosopher and explain how his philosophy can address certain educational problems in which schools of Trinidad and Tobago are currently facing. I chose John Dewey’s philosophy as mentioned above. “John Dewey was born in 1859, Burlington, Vermont, USA and died in 1952. He was an American philosopher and regarded as the foremost educator of his…show more content…
With the use of Dewey’s philosophy, students will not only have knowledge on how to do something, but they will be able to carry out the task accurately and skillfully. This will promote practical and experiential learning within schools where students will be able to understand what is being done via experiences. Jobs that require skilled workers will be able to perform more efficiently and effectively as students may practice tasks at an early age and would be able to do it automatically by the time they enter the labour force. An example of this can be a student who wishes to enter the career path of agricultural
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