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John Dewey and Democratic Education

Please explain how John Dewey is connected to democratic education

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American academic John Dewey, whose intellectual efforts to advance the shape of education led him to found his famous Laboratory School for children at the University of Chicago in 1896, was one of the early promoters of a child-centered education that viewed the interplay between a child's individuality and social character as complementary, not contradictory. He wrote that, "the educational process has two sides, one psychological, one sociological - and neither can be subordinated to the other" (1897/1981, p. 443-444). Thus, the psychological needs of the individual are served by, and in turn serve, the needs of the society as a whole. In his Democracy in Education he elaborated,

"(D)emocracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. The extension in ...

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