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A call to action:Planning to mark 100 years of John Dewey's 'Democracy and Education'

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Gert Biesta, Professor of Educational Theory and Policy, University of Luxemburg

Ruth Heilbronn, Lecturer in Education, Institute of Education

Richard Pring, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford


Democracy and Education, published in 1916, has been praised and reviled – and often overlooked. However, in proposing a complete philosophy of education and account of its role in society, and in comprehensively critiquing contemporary practices which are still prevalent a century later, its scope and force have rarely been equalled.

In this seminar, leading experts will call for a re-evaluation of how Dewey’s book has shaped the philosophy and history of education – and of how relevant and challenging it remains. They will propose the convention of a major conference in 2016 to do so, and discuss possibilities for designing new research to inform the conference and broaden its impact.

We invite you to come and contribute.

This talk is part of the Philosophical Approaches to Education seminar series series.

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