May 12 – June 20, 2014 (Term 1)
Monday and Wednesday 13:00 – 16:00 Scarfe 1021
Dr. Carol Rodgers
University at Albany, State University of New York
Course description: This 6-week course is an introduction to the thinking of American philosopher of education, John Dewey (1859-1952). John Dewey, probably the most cited writer in education, is frequently misquoted and misunderstood, and rarely read in depth, if at all by those who quote him. In this course we will focus on four of Dewey’s works that are particularly relevant to contemporary education: The School and Society and The Child and the Curriculum (1902), Education and Experience (1938), portions of Democracy and Education (1916), and How We Think (1933), as well as a number of secondary sources. We will read Dewey closely, deconstructing his rhetorical turns, and discovering the deft construction of an approach to education that still rings true.