Reclaiming Dewey for the Information Age

By Alexander Nanni.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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Published online: March 26, 2014 $US5.00

Dewey’s philosophy of education is perhaps more relevant today than it has been at any time since its inception. Fields as diverse as public management, political theory, and postmodern philosophy have witnessed efforts to reclaim Dewey’s philosophy. This article will argue for the reclamation of Dewey’s philosophy to guide educational institutions in the Information Age, particularly in their approach to teaching about technology. To do so, it will first establish parallels between the current American social context and the social context in which Dewey wrote. It will then describe two specific problems that society is facing that could be solved by an application of Dewey’s philosophy, problems that have been aggravated by the advent of Web 2.0: the cheapening of interpersonal communication and the deadening of creativity. Next, it will explore the gravity of ignoring these problems. Finally, it will propose solutions, including the application of Dewey’s philosophy to cultivate digital artisanship in students.

Keywords: Education Reform, Digital Artisan, Technology Education, Curriculum

International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.21-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 26, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 605.998KB)).

Alexander Nanni

Interim Director, Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics, Mahidol University International College, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

Alexander Nanni is the interim director of the Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics at Mahidol University International College. He is also enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at Northeastern University with a concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. His current research interests include language teaching in one-to-one computer environments, the impact of task complexity on language control in L2 writing tasks, and the integration of logic and critical thinking into language courses. He is also keenly interested in the topic of education reforms, particularly in relation to the ASEAN Economic Community.