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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.


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.


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 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The John Dewey Society invites paper proposals for its annual meeting, to be held in San Francisco in April of 2020 (in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association). The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2019.


Call for Proposals: Represent the John Dewey Society

Dear John Dewey Society Members, Each year the John Dewey Society sponsors sessions about Dewey, pragmatist philosophy, progressive education, and related themes at an array of conferences in education, philosophy, and the social sciences across the country.  I am writing to you today to invite you to participate in one of those sessions at a […]

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 […]


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