, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 9-11

Reprising John Dewey: A Review of Andreas Demetriou, George Spanoudis & Antigoni Mouyi's “Educating the Developing Mind: Towards an Overarching Paradigm”

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As a summary of current advances in developmental psychology, the above article makes some useful contributions. As a contribution to educational policy and practice, it is limited if not a failure for two reasons. It fails to come to grips with the real demands of living classrooms, and second, it fails to grasp the actual subjective lives of the children taught. The gap between science and practice is now as large as it was when John Dewey first called attention to “the whole child” and a pragmatic approach to knowledge and thinking.