Educative Experience In John Dewey's Experience And Education

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In his book “Experience and Education”, John Dewey introduced a new concept known as an educative experience. An educative experience is comprised of the interaction of the individual and the environment which fosters growth singularly and universally. Growth, according to Dewey, involves the emergence of inquisitiveness, understanding, sympathy, sensitivity, connectedness, sense of belonging, and worldliness. A miseducative experience is also possible where the opposite of these traits are cultivated which stagnates society. In Dewey’s vision of this concept, society would continuously enhance and prosper as a result of the cyclical process of growth and improvement leading to more growth and improvement of society. This succession of growth …show more content…
I began to catch myself when I judged someone based on a negative attitude. I also began to accept the fact that I will never be an expert on anything, that there is always something to learn or a new perspective to consider. I was inspired to embrace the environment TADA created, one that is accepting, safe and open-minded. I learned how important it is to speak up for your values and equally as important to respect others’ values if they differ from your own. My membership in TADA undoubtedly was the most critical educative experience I have achieved for it changed me into the kinder and more sensitive, empathetic person I am today. Empathy is such a crucial trait to have and needs to be learned by others in order for the society to continue to grow and respect everyone’s …show more content…
In order to infect the rest of society with the same open-mindedness and tolerance of diversity that TADA emits, schools and other social settings must accept and encourage people to learn, make mistakes, and express themselves uniquely, instead of one that dictates what to think, say and be. Ways in which this can be achieved, is through early development education. Early exposure to all types of diversity through personal interaction, literature, and media representations would greatly decrease the level of ignorance and misconceptions that are present in today’s society. For example, if the next generation, grows up learning about the gender spectrum, they would learn that all genders are valid and should be respected. It would not be a point of issue because acceptance and normalization would have been initiated at a time when children are constantly assimilating and accommodating information in order to understand the world they live in. This new all-inclusive education would help reorganize experience because it emphasizes the positive growth of the individual to be one that inquires, sympathizes, and connects with those around them. They would then continue to share their knowledge and spread a sense of acceptance and respect towards others. Without fear, ridicule, judgement, and intolerance people will be more open to share ideas, cooperate and express themselves

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