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Mission

The John Dewey Society aims to foster intelligent inquiry into the pressing social problems of our time, especially pertaining to the place and function of education in resolving such problems, as well as to share, discuss, and disseminate the results of such inquiries. JDS also provides a space for building and sustaining the networks of students and scholars of the philosophy of John Dewey and American Pragmatism.

History

The John Dewey Society grew out of a series of discussions held as early as 1934. Originally called "The Association for the Study of Education in its Social Aspects," the name was changed to the John Dewey Society in early 1936. JDS exists to keep alive John Dewey's commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to crucial problems in education and culture.

Membership

If you would like to join the John Dewey Society, click on the "Join“ tab. Thanks to the Tanner Foundation, new members will receive two classic books: John Dewey’s "The Sources of a Science of Education" and Dan Tanner’s "Crusade for Democracy: Progressive Education at the Crossroads." Tanner’s book provides a detailed history of the John Dewey Society.

Conference 2019

The 2019 John Dewey Society annual conference will take place in Toronto, Canada on April 5th and 6th at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The annual theme is "Dewey in/and China: Cultural Transformation & Progressive Education in International Settings Today." Come join us as we reflect on the implications of Dewey for democratic life.

Announcements

NEW BOOK: Paradoxes of the Public School

Longstanding member of the John Dewey Society, Dr. James Schul has written a new book entitled, Paradoxes of the Public School: Historical and Contemporary Foundations of Education. This book takes on issues central to understanding the complexities of the American public school experience. Readers are simultaneously taken into the historical and contemporary context of these […]

2019 JDS Annual Conference: Toronto, Canada

JDS will hold its annual conference this year in Toronto, Canada on April 5th and 6th. Located at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, this year’s annual theme is titled, Dewey in/and China: Cultural Transformation & Progressive Education in International Settings Today. For more information, please visit the conference webpage or download the 2019 JDS Conference […]

Invitation to Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools invites you to participate in the Centennial Colloquium on Dewey: Then and Now conference. The conference commemorates the 100th anniversary of a transformative two-year trip to China made by University of Chicago Laboratory Schools founder John Dewey. The conference will take place on May 2-4, 2019 in Chicago, IL. […]

 
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