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Progressive Education: Welcome

A resource guide helping you to locate archive material related to progressive education

Introduction

Progressive education has many definitions. One understanding is that it focuses more upon the child’s learning, than upon curriculum content or a teacher’s pedagogy. Two main approaches of progressive education are ‘child-centred’ education - which aims to give children the freedom to develop naturally in a democratic environment, and, ‘social-reconstructionism’ - which focuses on a curriculum highlighting social reform as the aim of education. 

Image from the Papers of Louis Christian Schiller. c1950

Two boys playing in a classroom, circa 1950

 

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