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Dewey's Laboratory School: Lessons for Today

reviewed by B. Jeannie Lum - 1999

coverTitle: Dewey's Laboratory School: Lessons for Today
Author(s): Lauren N. Tanner
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080773618X, Pages: , Year: 1997
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Laura Tanner states her intentions about her new book, Dewey’s Laboratory School: Lessons for Today: "its concern is now: what we can learn from Dewey and his staff as we wrestle with the same problems that they worked out." She achieves this goal by identifying some of the common pedagogical concerns and educational problems in schooling that Dewey and his colleagues faced in the earlier part of this century and their relevance in helping us understand and think about current reforms in school administration, curriculum development, and teacher professionalization. Yet, I believe, the success of her account is in the balanced manner in which she has reconstructed Dewey’s insights linked to teachers’ experimental efforts at the Laboratory School; in effect, revitalizing Dewey’s philosophy and practices for challenging problems confronting us in schools today. Tanner engages in a multidisciplined assessment of problem identification that renders Dewey’s concepts meaningful for a wide audience -- scholars, researchers, teachers, administrators, policy makers, and students. She carefully examines some of Dewey’s principal ideas about... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 100 Number 3, 1999, p. 676-678
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10330, Date Accessed: 9/17/2021 6:53:45 PM

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  • B. Lum
    University of Hawaii
    B. JEANNIE LUM is an associate professor in philosophy of education at the University of Hawaii. She is coeditor with Keith Leher, Nicholas D. Smith and Beverly A. Slichta of Knowledge Teaching and Wisdom (Philosophical Studies Series, 67, Kluwer, 1996).
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