The School and Society. Being Three Lectures by John Dewey, Supplemented by a Statement of the University Elementary School

John Dewey

The School and society - John Dewey

1899, 1915

University of Chicago Press, Chicago

The School and Society may be Dewey's most popular (and most translated) publication. It describes the rationale behind the University Elementary School that made his pedagogic approach famous. Originally published in 1900, we present the 1907 edition for two reasons. First the only copy of the 1900 edition that we have been able to locate was too fragile for photocopying or scanning. Second, the later printings of the book acknowledge the role played by George and Helen Mead in preparing the text.

The School and Society is similar to Mead's Mind Self and Society. The text is based on stenographic notes of lectures, prepared for publication by colleagues, in the absence of the author. Mead was very involved in the school program, enrolling his son Henry as a student, and serving as president of the Parents' Association.
Dewey's approach to education is the basis of Mead's later work on educational reform, particularly as that work relates to vocational education and approaches to curriculum development in general.



The School and Social Process (1907)
The School and the Life of the Child   (1907)
Waste in Education (1907)
Three Years of the University Elementary School (1907)
The Psychology of Elementary Education (1915)
Froebel's Educational Principles (1915)
The Psychology of Occupations (1915)
The Development of Attention (1915)
The Aim of History in Elementary Education (1915)


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