Dewey and European Education

General Problems and Case Studies

  • Jürgen Oelkers
  • Heinz Rhyn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-iii
  2. Jürgen Oelkers, Heinz Rhyn
    Pages 1-2
  3. John Darling, John Nisbet
    Pages 39-52
  4. Cristina Allemann-Ghionda
    Pages 53-67
  5. Jan-h. Schneider
    Pages 69-82
  6. Roswitha Lehmann-Rommel
    Pages 187-218
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-221

About this book


Although John Dewey's ideas have been of central interest in Anglo-Saxon philosophy and history of education, it is only recently that similar interest has developed in continental Europe.
Deweyan philosophy of education has had to pass through national filters, which meant that it was received in national contexts of reform. The `German Dewey' was differently construed to the French, Italian, or English Dewey. This seems to change after 1989 (and the fall of socialist education) when interest in Dewey increased. The new political and philosophical interest in Dewey has to do with the lost alternative `socialism', and thus with the opening of Eastern Europe and the new problems of education within a worldwide community.
This volume stresses two points. The original interest of European education in Dewey will be presented in case studies, concerning different national contexts and thus different Dewey's. What can be called the renewal of interest will be argued from different sides. It is our intention to show that today's interest in Dewey is not the remake of the reception within the different camps of progressive education.
This volume will be of interest to philosophers of education, historians of education, and people engaged in the philosophy, history and the reception of Dewey.


1989 Action Europe John Dewey biography democracy education history of education kindergarten philosophy philosophy of education reform religion stress teaching

Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Oelkers
    • 1
  • Heinz Rhyn
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of BernSwitzerland

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