Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today's Schools? by William Hayes - PDF and EPUB eBook

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For more than one hundred years, the United States has been the scene of academic warfare between traditional and progressive...

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Exact title of the book
Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today's Schools?
Book author
William Hayes
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
165 pages
Language
English
Published
November 1st 2006 by Rowman & Littlefield Education
File size (in PDF)
660 kB
Progressive Education Movement: Is It Still a Factor in Today's Schools?

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For more than one hundred years, the United States has been the scene of academic warfare between traditional and progressive educators. During most of our nation's history, many Americans have assumed that the primary purpose of school is to pass on to children the information and skills necessary to survive in our society. This traditional view accepts the fact that a teacher's task is to inform children as to what they should know.

Officials at the state and local level determine the content of student's education, and it is the teacher's job to ensure that the content is taught. Even before the beginning of the twentieth century, John Dewey and others introduced a different model. They believed that students learn best 'by doing' not by being passive listeners.

For progressive educators, the teacher's role was to be a facilitator of learning in classrooms where student's interest helped to provide appropriate developmental learning experience. This new approach to education has greatly affected our schools during the past century. More recently, we have seen the emergence in American education of four initiatives that have threatened the continued influence of progressive education.

They include the 'back to basics movement, ' mandated state curriculum standards, high-stakes testing, and school accountability. Despite these trends, there appears to be several factors that might lead one to conclude that progressive education is remaining a viable approach in the United States. This book considers these factors as well as past, present, and possible future of the progressive education movement.