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Holding Values: What We Mean by Progressive Education


reviewed by Anthony A. DeFalco — 2006

coverTitle: Holding Values: What We Mean by Progressive Education
Author(s): Brenda S. Engel and Anne C. Martin (Eds.)
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325007241, Pages: 194, Year: 2005
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Holding Values is a small book that has a large agenda: it gives a brief history of the North Dakota Study Group (NDSG), the Group’s interpretation of Progressive Education, and the application of the Group’s progressive values. Holding Values has a lengthy and informative introduction written by one of the two editors, Brenda S. Engel, and is approximately the same length as one of the six parts of the book that follow it. Each of the six parts has a short one page synopsis and offers from four to six short essays on the following topics: (1) Progressive Education, (2) Education and Democracy, (3) Diversity and Antiracism, (4) Children and the Curriculum, (5) Teachers and Teacher Preparation, and (6) Research and Evaluation. The book’s essays are written by thirty individuals including students, practitioners, and thinkers who in some way or another touch on the two strands of the NDSG: child... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 135-138
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12103, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 12:34:55 AM

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  • Anthony DeFalco
    Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus
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    ANTHONY DEFALCO is a Professor of Education, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. He has published in the area of Social foundations with a focus on John Dewey and Progressive Education. His most recent publication is "Progressive = Permissive? Not According to John Dewey…Subjects Matter!," Stephen G. Weiss, New York University Anthony A. DeFalco, Eileen M. Weiss, Long Island University/ C. W. Post Campus, in Essays in Education, Volume 14, Summer 2005, http://www.usca.edu/essays/. He is also a member of the editorial board of Education and Culture , the journal of the John Dewey Society. He is currently doing research on John Dewey’s conception of occupations.
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