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150 Years of Dewey Education

John Dewey at UVM in 1949

[John Dewey at UVM in 1949; courtesy of Special Collections]

The American philosopher, educator, and UVM alumnus, John Dewey, was born in Burlington, Vermont 150 years ago on October 20, 1859. Widely recognized as the “father of progressive education,” Dewey’s works investigated the relationship between democracy and education and the centrality of the student in curriculum.

Bailey/Howe Library is home to a wealth of resources on John Dewey’s life and work, including over 150 books by and about Dewey (which can be located via the library catalog).

Bailey/Howe’s Special Collections houses the John Dewey Papers, which include research materials and photographs compiled in conjunction with Dewey’s 1949 visit to UVM, marking his 90th birthday, as well as correspondence with John Dewey and his family. Additional progressive education collections include the papers of Theodore Brameld, Paul Nash, and Kenneth D. Benne – all scholars of the philosophy of education – and the records of Vermont’s Prospect School, which contain hundreds of examples of student work.

Student work by "Virginia," from the Prospect Center Archives

[Student work by “Virginia,” from the Prospect Center Archives; courtesy of Special Collections]

For more information on John Dewey, see the Center for Dewey Studies, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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