Musings on Progressive Theory

“Bruner wrote that Piaget had said he would have liked to work closely and collegially with Vygotsky..if only he had lived long enough. Piaget felt there was much they could learn from each other and uncover together. In reviewing Montessori, Dewey, Erikson, Vygotsky and Piaget I find that each theorist thought it imperative for teachers to observe children and to invite them to engage in activities or curriculum that follows their interests as well as is supportive of growth and respectful of their developmental stage. These are the theories and tenets progressive education was founded on. Many schools, particularly independent, claim to be of progressive mind in approach to their students, though very few are fully so.”–bean

“It seems that the teacher, as an independent and objective observer, is able to notice patterns in the child’s way of approaching learning. The objective teacher can become aware of the ideas and objects that spark interest in each child and then, because, presumably, the teacher has a wider range of general knowledge than the child at this point and because the teacher can step back and look at the child’s interest in whatever it is from a wider perspective, the teacher can engage in dialogue, plan trips,offer books, point something out etc that helps the child join together a few new thoughts that further develop the child’s interests or lead to a new interest and eventually to a lifelong passion. (Long sentence)”–VirginiaIMG_0134


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Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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2 Responses to Musings on Progressive Theory

  1. cthebean says:

    Interesting. Where can we read about this?


  2. I learned that in my graduate program Dewey worked with Dr.Maria Montessori and at the very beginnings of our school system, Dewey wanted Dr.Montessori’s practices to be adopted as the instruction for all in the US. Dr. Montessori had reservations and didn’t want her instruction to be watered down. While I see her point, some Montessori is better than none.

    To that, Piaget worked with Dr Montessori for some short time as well and was heavily influenced by Dr Montessori’s work. Sadly, she gets very little credit. Was it because she was a woman and a Italy’s first female physician among men whom may have regarded her as a threat? Hmmmm.


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