Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 39-52

First online:

Dewey in Britain

  • John DarlingAffiliated withUniversity of Aberdeen
  • , John NisbetAffiliated withUniversity of Aberdeen

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Dewey's ideas were slower to be accepted in Britain than elsewhere. Reasonsfor this are considered under four headings: pedagogical, epistemological,social and political. Of these, only the pedagogical ideas elicited a modicumof support in the first half of the century. Developments after 1960,however, led to widespread implementation of Dewey's principles mainly inthe primary education sector.