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date: 16 May 2021

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Following Dewey’s advice to move beyond the traditional search for antecedent certainty, several of his main ideas are applied in three areas: (a) the traditional highly specialized curriculum—the priority given to academic subjects, neglect of vocational education, and the faulty definition of “equality” as “sameness”; (b) a reconsideration of educational aims—neglect of moral/social aims, need to include these in all disciplines, preparation for life in participatory democracy, and importance of choice; and (c) importance of interdisciplinary studies—search for meaning and connection, incorporation of aims across disciplines.

Keywords: Dewey, certainty, curriculum, educational aims, interdisciplinary studies, antecedent authority, practical investigation, feeling, imagination

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