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Dewey’s ‘Democracy and Education’: 100 years on

To mark the centenary of the publication of John Dewey’s ‘Democracy and Education’, the University of Cambridge is hosting a conference in the autumn.

Dates: September 28 – October 1 2016

Venue: Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

“Democracy and Education” argues that democracy is a necessary way of living together to protect the individual and maintain social equity. The book’s publication in 1916 was designed to promote a philosophy of education to meet the needs of a changing society, based on a social-interactionist theory of knowledge.

The conference focuses on the ‘event’ of the book’s publication, on its use in different contexts and settings, and on the value and relevance of the book’s ideas. In line with Dewey’s philosophy the conference will be about actions as well as words; it will involve children, practitioners and others engaged in Deweyan enquiry. It will end with an opportunity to plan further collaboration and forward action.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Barbara Stengel, Vanderbilt University, USA

Rosa Bruno-Jofré, Queens University, Canada

Dame Alison Peacock, Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham Teaching School, UK

Gert Biesta, Brunel University London, UK

For further information and to book a place, visit the website: Democracy and Education conference

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