John Dewey: Purposeful Play as Leisure

  • Mary C. Breunig


In this chapter, John Dewey’s views on labour and leisure are introduced with/in the backdrop of Key West, Florida, where Dewey himself spent much of his leisure time. Dewey’s use of the terms “activity” and “experience” as components of present day experiential education theory are examined. The concepts of “play” and “unification” are explored as aspects of Dewey’s broader educational philosophy. The chapter culminates with consideration of how Key West influenced Dewey’s ideas about place and leisure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary C. Breunig
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  1. 1.Brock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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