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John Dewey's Philosophy of Education Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How did John Dewey approach learning and teaching? This video lesson introduces the educational philosophy of John Dewey, and the following activity challenges students to put theory into practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain who John Dewey was and the role he played in the field of education
  • summarize Dewey's theory on education
  • discuss and exemplify the elements of continuity and interaction in relation to Dewey's theory

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

Materials

  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson

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