John Dewey’s Democratic Education and its Influence on Pedagogy in China 1917-1937

  • Lei Wang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Lei Wang
    Pages 1-7
  3. Lei Wang
    Pages 85-105
  4. Lei Wang
    Pages 123-185
  5. Lei Wang
    Pages 253-262
  6. Lei Wang
    Pages 263-284
  7. Lei Wang
    Pages 285-290
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 291-329

About this book


Lei Wang researches John Dewey’s pedagogical influence on the historical context of China and compares his observations and his basic democratic approach with the concepts and practical implementation of his Chinese students. As a result, it turns out that the spread of pragmatic philosophy in China was accompanied by reductionism, misunderstandings, Confucian doctrine and nationalism and that Dewey’s reform proposals can open a democratic perspective on current challenges in Chinese society. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Dewey’s research trip to China, the author emphasizes the contemporary significance of his work. The results of her study can clarify and correct errors that continue to have effect today.

  • Dewey’s view of China and his proposals for social reconstruction and educational reform
  • Dewey’s lectures in China – limitations, misunderstandings and translation errors
  • Dewey’s influence on pedagogical professions in China
  • The concepts and practices of Hu Shi and Tao Xingzhi

Target Groups
Lecturers and students of pedagogy, sociology and sinology, specialists in international Dewey research, historical and comparative educational research

The Author
Dr. phil. Lei Wang is a researcher at the Dewey-Center Cologne, and teaches Educational Science at the Human Sciences Faculty of the University of Cologne. She is a trainer and consultant in the topical fields of inclusion, intercultural conflict resolution and change management.


International Dewey Research democratic education Historical educational research China Educational reform in China sino liberalism Tao Xingzhi Hu Shi

Authors and affiliations

  • Lei Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CologneCologneGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-27567-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-27568-6
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