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The purpose of the John Dewey Society is to foster intelligent inquiry into problems pertaining to the place and function of education in social change, and to share, discuss, and disseminate the results of such studies. The Society maintains three active journals and holds an annual meeting that features work in the fields of philosophy and education. JDS provides a space for building and sustaining a network of scholars, teachers, and community activists dedicated to democratic social change.


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.


Join the John Dewey Society by clicking on the "Join“ tab. Special 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.

2024 JDS Conference

ÉVORA, PORTUGAL - The 2024 Annual Meeting of the John Dewey Society will take place at the Universidade de Évora from June 5th to June 7th, 2024.



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