Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Dewey on Teaching and Teacher Education

  • Kyle A. Greenwalt
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_48


This entry describes the relationship between Dewey’s thoughts on teaching and teacher education. Because teachers are committed to the growth and development of learners, a discussion of learning must also necessarily be brought into play. This entry therefore describes how Dewey sought to conjoin the topics of learning, teaching, and teacher education under the common heading of the human potential for growth.

The entry starts with a discussion of Dewey’s view of teaching and learning, particularly as it relates to the teacher’s ability to intelligently direct the stream of unfolding experience of the learner. The entry then extends Dewey’s views on teaching through a discussion of his views on initial teacher preparation. In particular, the entry focuses on how Dewey described the preparation needed for initial teacher candidates to be able to awaken and sustain inner attention among learners. In this way, the place of the school curriculum, instructional methods, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA