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Educational progressivists believe that education must be based on the fact that humans are social animals who learn best in real-life activities with other people. Progressivists claimed to rely on the best available scientific theories of learning. Most believed that children learned as if they were scientists, following a process similar to John Dewey's model of learning:

  1. Become aware of the problem.
  2. Define the problem.
  3. Propose hypotheses to solve it.
  4. Evaluate the consequences of the hypotheses from one's past experience.
  5. Test the most likely solution.

Given this view of human nature, a progressivist teacher desires to provide not just reading and drill, but also real-world experiences and activities that center around the real life of the students. A typical progressivist slogan is "Learn by Doing!"


In 1957, the orbiting of Sputnik caused a panic in educational establishments as Americans and Europeans felt they had fallen behind the Soviet Union technologically. A rethinking of education theory followed that caused progressivism to fall from favor.


For a discussion of other educational philosophies, see educational philosophies and education reform.


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Educational progressivism - encyclopedia article about Educational progressivism. (831 words)
Political Progressivism Political Progressivism or simply Progressivism is an ideology and political philosophy whose adherents promote policies that they believe would reform a country's government, economy, or society.
As a broad characterization of political leanings, political progressivism can refer to left or antiestablishmentarianism, in which case it may be right or left, as long as the platform is reformist.
For a discussion of other educational philosophies, see educational philosophies and education reform Education reform is a plan, program, or movement which attempts to bring about a change in educational theory or practice.
John Dewey...Eduhistory.com (1004 words)
Dewey was essentially the seminal thinker of educational progressivism and an important progressive in general.
Progressive education (both as espoused by Dewey, and in the more popular and inept forms of which Dewey was critical) was essentially scrapped during the Cold War, when the dominant concern in education was creating and sustaining a scientific and technological elite for military purposes.
It is often thought that progressive education "failed"; whether this view is justified depends on one's definitions of "progressive" and "failed"; several versions of progressive educations succeeded in transforming the educational landscape; the utter ubiquity of guidance counseling, to name but one example, is owing to the progressive period.
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