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Promise and Failure of Progressive Education - Norman Dale Norris

Promise and Failure of Progressive Education


Published: 1st October 2004
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The progressive ideology and methods are clearly the prominent choice in our schools today. They are often linked to the name of John Dewey. Over the years many educational leaders have misunderstood and therefore grossly exaggerated Dewey's ideas into nothing he would have intended. In generic, layman's terms, Norman Dale Norris discusses how the progressive movement came about and how the ideas are practiced today, some of which are less than desirable. Norris is sympathetic and supportive of the progressive ideology and offers suggestions for success. The Promise and Failure of Progressive Education will interest teachers, teacher trainers, central office and building administrators, university faculty, educational leaders, and policy makers.

In his book, Norris critiques progressive theories of education and answers the question, 'How has progressive education become a caricature of what the founders intended?' He further argues that education has become so institutionalized, standardized, and alignment crazy that none of the elements of progressive education can bear fruit. Norris...goes to the heart of progressive education's development and shows how it was misinterpreted and taken to extremes. He analyzes the practices of some school systems relative to the true tenets of progressive education and notes that several influential governing agencies have skewed their ideals in a progressive direction with no consideration for any other approach. Norris analyzes why claims regarding the superiority of progressive education have not been borne out by the actual results. He examines various societal and sociological phenomena that progressive education claims to 'fix.'...explores the idea of schools (and progressive education) as a tool for social reform and compares the social problems of a century ago to those of today; [and]...discusses what must happen if progressive education is to survive and perform as promised.--Teachers College Record

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
What Is Progressive Education?p. 9
Origins of Progressive Educationp. 31
Progressive Education in Action: What Really Happensp. 59
Broken Promises: Why Progressive Education Has Failed to Deliverp. 91
Making Progressive Education Work: Perspectives, Conclusions, and Recommendationsp. 117
Referencesp. 133
Indexp. 147
About the Authorp. 153
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ISBN: 9781578861156
ISBN-10: 1578861152
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st October 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.25