Assingment Essay

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Introduction Learning by Doing is not a new instructional theory but is exactly what it sounds like this Chinese Proverb “Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.” As Aristotle stated, “One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.” This idea of learning by doing involves a careful design of activities that allows students to have meaningful, relevant learning experiences that they will then be able to use in the future. John Dewey, born in 1859, is perhaps the greatest proponent of learning by doing. Dewey argued that "education is not preparation for life, it is life itself." Dewey, living during a time of great change, the Industrial Age, saw a need for learning that was pragmatic, focused, and centered on the individual. A large amount of educationists are arguing that he is the most influential thinker on education in the twentieth century. John Dewey Born: A.D. 1859, Burlington, Vermont Died: A.D. 1952, New York, New York * American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer * Founder of philosophical school of “Pragmatism” * Father of “Functional Psychology” * Representative of “Educational Progressivism” * An advocate of liberalism. Major Works: * Ethic (1908, revised 1932) * Democracy and Education (1916) * Reconstruction in Philosophy (1920) * Human Nature and Conduct (1922) * The Quest for Certainty (1929) * Experience and Nature (1929) * Art as Experience (1934) * Logic: The Theory of inquiry (1938) Major Ideas: • The history of philosophy is a misguided quest for certain knowledge of an unchanging reality. • Knowledge is properly understood as warrantedly-assertible belief. • Scientific method, as a method linking the acquisition of knowledge to practical

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