How John Dewey's Theory Still Impacted Early Education

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Platz, D., & Arellano, J. (2011). TIME TESTED EARLY CHILDHOOD THEORIES AND PRACTICES. Education, 132(1), 54-63. Donald Platz showed how John Dewey’s theory still impacted early childhood development and education today. John Dewey’s ideas towards education were revolutionary during his life time and remained important to modern education today. He believed that children learned through a hands-on approach and by experience. From Dewey’s educational point of view, this means that children need to interact with their environment in order to adapt and learn. For instance, he believed that teachers and students needed to learn together. His approach was child-centered, which meant it placed the emphasis of learning on the needs and
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Franklin Bobbitt was a representative of efficiency minded thinkers who specialized in the field of curriculum. According to Xing (2016), vocational education is education that prepares individuals in a trade or a craft as technician or support roles in professions, such as engineering, accounting, nursing, medicine, architecture, or law. Vocational education is sometimes referred to as career education or technical education. It can take place at the secondary, post-secondary, and higher education levels and can interact with the apprenticeship system (p. 66). Bobbitt placed a lot of focus on the vocational education because he believed students needed to be prepared to enter the work force once they graduated high school. He argued that not all students were college bound and that the curriculum needed to change to accommodate those students not attending college. During Bobbitt’s time, there were those who opposed to implementing vocational studies in the curriculum (Xing, 2016, p. 68). The debate today is that vocational education is devalued and what can be done to change this attitude. Educators are discussing how to improve and change the curriculum to include vocational education and view it as education and not a separate

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