100 YEARS OF JOHN DEWEY AND EDUCATION IN CHINA

Grace Xinfu Zhang, Ron Sheese
  • The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, October 2017, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s1537781417000299

The visit of John Dewey to China and his influence in Chinese education

What is it about?

John Dewey visited China at a time of great political chaos and heated debate about the future direction for education in China. Initially widely endorsed, his views were later widely condemned. The article describes some of the protagonists in this evolution and considers the possibilities for a renewal of Deweyan ideas in contemporary Chinese education.

Why is it important?

It facilitates an appreciation of how Dewey's progressive ideas were perceived in the Chinese environment. It enhances our understanding of Dewey's progressivism to see its place outside the North American culture in which it developed.

Perspectives

Ron Sheese
York University

Working on the paper allowed me to develop an appreciation for Chinese cultural aspects of education and, thereby, to broaden my sense of the issues that arise for Chinese students who come to study in North America today.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1537781417000299

The following have contributed to this page: Ron Sheese and Grace Zhang Granofsky