Doing over Mere Knowing, and Cooperation over Competition”: Dewey’s Theory of Education and its Relevance Today


KHAS Core Program​

3 November 2020, Tuesday, 20.00

The objective will be to give an outline of some of the main tenets of Dewey’s theory of education: its emphasis on doing over mere knowing, on the student as active participant over the student as passive recipient, on cooperation over competition, and on the important of interdisciplinarity. I will contextualize this theory in terms of his overall philosophy of pragmatism, and give a sense of what made his theory of education revolutionary for its time. I will then explore its influence over the history of subsequent developments in pedagogy, not least in the formation of common core programs such as the one which exists at Kadir Has. I will then ask what further inspiration we might take from it as teachers and learners.