A Brief History of Progressive Educationwith Dr. Jason Edwards
Below is the outline of the course. Please note that a discussion with Dr. Christopher Perrin follows each lecture except one.
- Introduction: Why Study Progressive Education?
- Lecture 1: Progressive Education and the Progressive Movement
- Lecture 2: Education in America before Progressive Education
- Lecture 3: Just What Is Progressive Education?
- Lecture 4: Who Was John Dewey?
- Lecture 5: The Progressive Revolution in America
- Lecture 6: The Administrative Progressives
- Lecture 7: The Pedagogical Progressives
- Lecture 8: The Social Progressives
- Lecture 9: The “End” of Progressive Education
- Lecture 10: The Continuation of Progressive Education
- Lecture 11: Deepening our Understanding of Education (E.D. Hirsh Jr. and Film Study)
- Lecture 12: Taking the Long View of Progressive and Classical Education
Jason Edwards is an associate professor of education and history at Grove City College. He received his BA in history (1992) from Asbury College and his MA (1994) and PhD (2003) from the University of Kentucky. Jason has served on the board of the Society for Classical Learning and was also instrumental in developing the classical studies minor offered at Grove City College. Jason and his wife have two boys to whom they are giving a classical Christian education.
Recommended main text:
Transformation of the School by Lawrence Cremin
Recommended supplemental books:
Left Back: A Century of Battles over School Reform by Diane Ravitch
Please Note: ClassicalU is currently developing a certification to accompany our course offerings. The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.
To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation by Dr. Jason Edwards, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload two short essays (of 400-600 words) demonstrating your understanding of grammar school teaching and leadership. When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.
For this course the two essay assignments are:
- Essay #1 (400-600 words): How did the ideas of progressive education develop historically?
- Essay #2 (400-600 words): In what ways are classical education and progressive education similar? In what ways are they different?
Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.
By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 2 certification.
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