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The Educative Nature of the Social Process


by Charles A. Ellwood 1921

Much has been written about the social nature of the educative process, but very little has been said about the converse fact, equally important for educational theory, the essentially educative nature of the social process. Aside from a few pages in Dewey's Democracy and Education, and in one or two other works, little attention has been paid to the matter by scientific educationists. Yet, the fundamental identity of the social process and the educative process is the basis upon which educational sociology must be built. The central problem of a scientific educational sociology must be the investigation of the intimate relations of these two processes. The thesis of this article is that the human social process is essentially educative from the start; that its development and enrichment on the educative side is the normal method of human progress; and that, consequently, the educative process can be understood only as a control over the social process for the sake of some rational social aim.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 22 Number 3, 1921, p. 226-233
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3989, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 10:55:57 PM

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