The pragmatic action research and John Dewey’s contribution to its formation

Eleftheria Papastefanaki
M.A., University of Crete

Abstract: The work school and the action research are two very important approaches in education. Despite the fact that the two approaches were developed in different periods of time, we can see many similarities between them. This paper will attempt to present the common ground between action research and the theory of school work, as developed by the American educator Dewey. Particularly, we will underline the similarities of the two views on the following points: the human experience, the relation between individual and society and the special attention of both approaches to a democratic school. The leading role that holds the evaluation of human experience in both views, shows the important position that teachers and students have in educational practice and in school life. Furthermore, the concern for the effective preparation of students for social life is certainly associated with the development of a democratic school.

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