Impact and History of Progressive Education Analytical Essay by Nicky

An examination of the history and lasting impact of progressive education.
# 151298 | 2,112 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 31, 2012 in Education (Theory)

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The paper finds that progressive education is an approach to education that perceives psychological, social and emotional needs as being inherently related and therefore tends to invoke a more nurturing, personalized and supportive atmosphere for all children. The paper discusses the political implications of progressive education in the early 20th century, where advocates in American education were battling against a cultural conservatism being passed on to their children. The paper focuses on the ideas of John Dewey and Maria Montessori and also explores why progressivism in education has never truly been inducted into the mainstream educational system in the United States.

From the Paper:

"Moreover, more than any other figure in this discussion, Montessori has offered ideas which have gained favor amongst educators and parents in many settings even to date. For parents specifically, her views on early education would provide a sensible approach for those raising either extremely gifted or special needs individuals. By arguing that it is the responsibility of society to provide education for individuals from birth, Montessori has helped to incline the popularity of a strategy used by many in order to help cultivate the individual talents or needs of children from the start of life. In decisive resistance to the notion that babies are in some manner uneducable, Montessori asserts that in infancy and early childhood, children will demonstrate a particularly absorbent mind. At an extremely early stage, human beings are capable of developing learned patterns of behavior and repetitive gestures that will gradually evolve into productive and meaningful actions. By failing to employ educational resources and institutions to the extent that individuals may begin their education at this early juncture, Montessori argues that we are largely squandering an important period in development. This idea of beginning an individualized course of education early in the child's life is itself a distinctly progressive idea stimulated by the pragmatic connotation of progressivism in general."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beyer, L.E. (1999). William Heard Kilpatrick. International Bureau of Education, XXVII(3).
  • Calhoun School (CS). (2009). Progressive Education.
  • Dewey, J. (1998). Experience and Education. Kappa Delta Pi.
  • John Dewey Project (JDP). (2004). A Brief Overview of Progressive Education. University of Vermont.
  • Kitagawa, M.M. & Kitagawa. (2007). Core Values of Progressive Education: Seikatsu Tsuzurikata and Whole Language. International Journal of Progressive Education, 3(2).

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