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- STEM Education
- Learning Science
- Virtual Laboratory School
During Dewey’s youth in Vermont in the 1860s, he had opportunities with diverse cultures because Burlington was a center of immigration and industrialization. The diverse cultures provided liberalizing influences and help him defend diversity in culture during the rest of his life, both in urban America and internationally (Dykhuizen, 1973; Hickman, 2009).
While observing situations in Chicago public schools, Dewey was concerned with the rigid and disciplinary pedagogical model. Based on his philosophy of experience, he established the first experimental school in the US called the University Elementary School in 1896; later more commonly known as the Laboratory School, or the Dewey School (Simpson, 2006). It was run by the Department of Pedagogy of the University of Chicago and headed by Dewey from 1896 to 1904 (Hendley, 1986).
In Dewey’s view, schools should acknowledge the unity of knowing and doing. Dewey believed that school and education should be rooted in the experiences of the child, connecting to child’s everyday life and interests, developing new experiences for the children (Bauman, 2012).
Dewey also believed that schools should help students learn to live and work cooperatively with others. Rather than as an extension of the wider community, Dewey suggested the school was a community in itself, and students became active members in that community, in which education occurred based on principles of mental activity and on the processes of growth (Pring, 2007).
Dewey’s Laboratory School in Chicago tested his notion of integrating education with experience. The Laboratory School grew quickly, in which curriculum focused on the child along with the subject matter. The learning process and subject were both emphasized, and curiosity and creativity were encouraged (Brubacher, 1960). Dewey’s early work in the Laboratory School laid foundations for the formation of the philosophy of experience. He analyzed and criticized both extremes, progressive and traditional education, and called for a unifying new education.