John Dewey Project
Fall 2001 Newsletter
John Dewey, a native Vermonter, is a familiar historical figure who is acknowledged as one of America’s most prominent social philosophers. Dewey wrote on a variety of topics relating to education, including moral development, the place of experience in the learning process, and the relationship between education and democracy. Biographers have surmised a link between Dewey’s interest in these topics and his early formative years of living in Burlington, Vermont, experiencing the physical environs of the state (he wrote of climbing Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump), observing Vermont’s famed town meetings, and completing most of his formal education here. Since 1997, the John Dewey Project has found a supportive home here at the University of Vermont, Dewey’s alma mater (1879).
JDPPE’S RESEARCH AGENDA
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|democracy, education, schools and communities. During the 1999-2000
academic year we collected data for a study with a set of research questions
aimed at documenting the impacts that community-oriented curriculum had
on school-community relations, school culture, and student learning.
Eight schools across the State of Vermont participated in this study. The
efforts that each school undertook to develop and sustain curricula, projects,
and initiatives with a community-oriented focus was documented. Researchers
spent significant amounts of time on site conducting interviews with teachers,
administrators, parents, students, school board members, and community
members, and observed classroom and community-based activities. Over
250 interviews were completed by the end of the first year of the study.
Case studies of each school were written up and will be placed on the
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