“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
Homerton College and Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
September 28 – October 1 2016