Table of Contents
4. Model of Learning
5. Current Day Evidence of this Theory
7. Final Thought
Birth: October 20, 1859, Burlington,
Death: June 1, 1952 (aged 92)
Married Harriet Alice Chipman and had 7
Received Doctorate at John Hopkins
Mr. Dewey believed that the core
curriculum should encompass the
students’ interests. (Roblyer, p.42)
John Dewey approached education with
hands on philosophy. Rather than
teaching isolated topics which prevented
learners from grasping the whole of
knowledge. (Roblyer, p.42)
Dewey wanted students to learn skills that would
be useful in their everyday lives. He wanted
them to be able to build a better society.
In this way students would not just gain
knowledge but would also develop skills, habits,
and attitudes necessary for them to solve a wide
variety of problems. (Roblyer, p.42)
Dewey wanted students to think critically on their
experiences and then reflect upon those
Math could be learned by learning
proportions in cooking or figuring out how
long it would take to get to one place to
another by bike.
History could be learned by experiencing
how people lived.
Geography could be learned by what the
climate was like and how plants and
animals grew in a particular habitat.
Model of Learning
1. Being aware of the so-called problem.
2. Being able to define or relay the problem.
3. Being able to offer a way to solve the
4. Being able to predict the outcome based on
the historical past proof from similar
5. Being able to test the solutions offered.
Current Day Evidence of this Theory
Vocational Technical School
Use of Scientific Method in classrooms
Kinesthetic Learning (role playing, non-
traditional learning techniques)
Integrating Technology into lessons
(Safari Montage, white boards,
Kidspiration, Kid Pix, Pixie)
“Education is life
- John Dewey
Roblyer, M.D. (2006). Integrating educational
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John Dewey believed students best
a. rote instruction
b. hands on experiences
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