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Dangers and Difficulties of the Project Method and How to Overcome Them: II. Projects and Purposes in Teaching and in Learning


by William C. Bagley — 1921

The project method represents a synthesis of movements and tendencies in educational theory that have been gathering momentum for several years—some of them indeed for several decades. It represents an attempt to formulate these tendencies and movements in a single and unified pattern of educational procedure. As such, it already ranks as a constructive achievement of the first magnitude. It is quite within the realm of possibility that it may work a complete transformation in school life, and a correspondingly profound transformation in the attitudes, standards, and methods of thinking and of acting in the coming generations. It represents something more than a method of teaching in the narrower sense of this term. It means a new point of view toward the whole problem of education. It may mean not only the reorganization of educational materials which it already promises, but the development of materials that have not as yet been utilized in education. It may mean not only the radical changes in educational ideals and objectives which have been so influential in bringing about its development, but also the genesis and projection of new aims and new ideals. In a very real sense we are standing today at the parting of the ways. There is a deep and well-nigh universal conviction that a different world lies ahead,—a civilization that may be as different spiritually from the existing order as our civilization is different materially and economically from that of two centuries ago. And the harbingers of the new order, its patterns and its promises, are probably nearer the surface in educational theory and practice than they are in any other department of human activity.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 22 Number 4, 1921, p. 288-296
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3983, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 9:40:01 AM

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  • William Bagley
    Professor of Education, Teachers College

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