Jeffer Dakin will present his award-winning paper: "Progressive Pedagogy in Rural China: Tao Xingzhi's Xiaozhuang Experimental School as an Implementation of John Dewey's Educational Philosophy."
The paper explores the influence of John Dewey on education in China. In the early twentieth-century, China aimed to reform and modernize their society and welcomed American Progressive and education reformer John Dewey to achieve this goal. Instead of promoting an American or Western model, Dewey advocated the philosophy of pragmatism to devise China's modern school system. Though this system did not materialize at the national level for a host of sociological reasons, this paper argues that the system can be found at the local level in the form of the Xiaozhuang school. An exploration of the Chinese articulation of Deweyan pragmatism follows.
Dakin is a PSU graduate student of history, recognized and awarded for his outstanding academic performance. His exceptional paper won the World History Association / Phi Alpha Theta Graduate Student Paper prize and provided him with a grant from the Friends of History.
This event is a must for those interested in Asian studies, social history, educational philosophy, and pragmatism.
Thursday, May 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cramer Hall Building, Room 494 (1721 SW Broadway)
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of History. For more information please call 503.725.5473