2nd Edition

Experiencing Dewey Insights for Today's Classrooms

Edited By Donna Adair Breault, Rick Breault Copyright 2014
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    Experiencing Dewey: Insights for Today’s Classroom offers an inspiring introduction to one of the most seminal figures in the field of education. In this collection of essays, contemporary authors consider their favorite quotations from John Dewey’s bountiful works and share how Dewey has impacted their teaching practices. Responses are organized around the themes introduced in the first edition: active learning, the educative experience, critical thinking, inquiry and education, and democratic citizenship, plus a new section on accountability added for the second edition. Quotes and responses are kept deliberately brief as an effective way of inviting readers to reflect on and experience Dewey.

    Co-published with Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Experiencing Dewey remains a powerful resource for current and aspiring teachers. This thoroughly updated edition also includes online resources for teacher educators to help facilitate the book’s use in higher education courses. 


    Foreword by Deron Boyles

    Introduction by Rick Breault and Donna Adair Breault

    Part I: Accountability Accountability: To Whom, for Whom, and by Whom? by Rick Breault

    1. A Call for Creativity and Freedom in the Midst of Accountability: A Teachable Moment by Maggie Allison

    2. Tracing Anew the Process of Learning by A. G. Rud

    3. Responsibility not Accountability: The Experiential Artistry of Teaching by Walter S. Gershon

    4. An Alternative Image of Data: Not What but Where by Sebastián Díaz

    5. Who Is Accountable? by Alexander David Tuel

    6. Art and Accountability by Kyle Greenwalt

    7. On Democratic Accountability and the Educative Experience by Patrick M. Jenlink

    8. How Mechanization Leads to Contempt for the Teaching and Learning Process by Louise Anderson Allen

    9.Teaching Our Legislators a Big Idea in 52 Words or Less by Peter S. Hlebowitsh

    10. What Imposed Standards Do to the Child bt M. Frances Klein

    11. Collecting and Preserving the Educational Present by Craig Kridel

    Part II: Active Learning Active Learning: A Growth Experience by Rick Breault

    12. A Spectator’s Version of Knowledge by Deron Boyles

    13. Making Informed Judgments by Dan Marshall

    14. The Growth of Future Generations Starts Today by Jonathan T. Martin

    15. Experience, Heightened Vitality, and Aesthetic Engagement, or Why Is Stick Man Smiling? by P. Bruce Urmacher and Christy M. Moroye

    16. Listening for the Gentle Whisper by Rick Breault

    17. Work in School by Donna Adair Breault

    18. Active Learning as Reflective Experience by William H. Schubert

    19. Providing Environments Conducive to Proper Digestion by Lisa Goeken-Galliart

    20. Becoming a Student of Teaching by Robert V. Bullough, Jr.

    21. Effort: The Outgrowth of Individual Interest by Robert C. Morris

    Part III: Critical Thinking The ‘Varied and Unusual’ Abuses of Critical Thinking by Donna Adair Breault

    22. The Dangers of Imagination by Robert Boostrom

    23. The Importance of Freedom of Thought by Matthew Keeler

    24. Transcending False Dichotomies: Confronting One of Life’s Consistently Compelling Challenges by Thomas E. Kelly

    25. Educator’s Professional Freedom for Students’ Democratic Liberation by James G. Henderson

    26. American Students and the Explorer’s Mind by Laura Dawes

    27. Dewey’s Freedom of Intelligence by Linda O’Neill

    28. Unexamined Presumptions by George W. Noblit

    Part IV: Democratic Citizenship Preparing Children for Democratic Citizenship by Rick Breault

    29. Teaching Democracy for Life by John M. Novak

    30. Education for a Changing World by William Ayers

    31. John Dewey and the American Creed by Daniel Tanner

    32. John Dewey and the Import of a Curriculum Devoted to Student Experience by Chara Haeussler Bohan

    33. The Best and Wisest Parent by David J. Flinders

    34. Building a Community of Inquirers by Sam F. Stack Jr.

    35. A Being Connected with Other Beings by Audrey M. Dentith

    36. The Value of Communication in a Classroom Community by Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon

    37. Realizing a Common Good by Randy Hewitt

    38. Teacher as Shaper of Social Process by Louise M. Berman

    39. The Societal Purpose of Education by Jesse Goodman

    40. Foundations of Deweyan Democracy: Human Nature, Intelligence, and Cooperative Inquiry by Stephen M. Fishman

    41. Why We Forget: Liberty, Memories, and Seeking Simple Answers by David M. Callejo-Pérez

    Part V: The Educative Experience An Educative Experience? A Lesson in Humility for a Second-Grade Teacher by Donna Adair Breault

    42. Aesthetics of Human Understanding by Margaret Macintyre Latta

    43. Growth: The Consummate Open-Ended Aspiration by Paul Shaker

    44. The Relations of One Great Common World by Gary Weilbacher

    45. Learning In and Out of School: Bridging the Cultural Gap by Ron W. Wilhelm

    46. The Child and the Curriculum: Two Limits That Define a Single Process by William A. Reid

    47. The Reconstruction of Experience by Edmund C. Short

    48. The Teacher-Artist by George Willis

    49. ‘Of all affairs, communication is the most wonderful’ by Gert Biesta

    Part VI: Inquiry and Education Inquiry and Education: A Way of Seeing the World by Donna Adair Breault

    50. The Power of an Ideal by Jim Garrison

    51. Dogma, Democracy, and Education by William G. Wraga

    52. The Role of Intelligence in the Creation of by Art Elliot W. Eisner

    53. Imagination of Ideal Ends by Craig A. Cunningham

    54. The Teacher as Theorist and Lover by Greg Seals

    55. Autonomous Education: Free to Determine Its Own Ends by Larry A. Hickman Editors and Contributors


    Donna Adair Breault is department head of Childhood Education and Family Studies at Missouri State University.

    Rick Breault is director of the Southwest Regional Professional Development Center at Missouri State University.

    "This second edition of Experiencing Dewey expands and strengthens an already highly useful text.  The Breaults have once again extended Dewey's legacy by inviting new authors to re-imagine contemporary challenges in light of Dewey's work.  This text will no doubt help new and seasoned Dewey readers alike to connect Dewey's work to the myriad problems we face today.”—Wesley Null, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Baylor University

    “As a teacher educator and former public school teacher, I still find Dewey’s work both formative and transformative.  This book reminds us of Dewey’s profound impact on education and the need to reflect and engage in a national discourse about the value of experience in the learning process as we prepare students for the 21st Century.”—Maria Stallions, Associate Professor, Education, Roanoke University