John Dewey 1859-1952

Timeline created by Shawn Lugo
  • Teaching

    Teaching
    Dewey received his doctorate from John Hopkins and was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGjSMqwlP3E. “John Dewey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 June 2020, www.biography.com/scholar/john-dewey.
  • New Teaching Opportunity

    New Teaching Opportunity
    Dewey took up a new position as a professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri. In his teachings Dewey really valued the aspect of learning of current events and everything happening around the student to further enhance life skills. (1)“John Dewey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 June 2020, www.biography.com/scholar/john-dewey. (2) “PBS Online: Only A Teacher: Schoolhouse Pioneers.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, www.pbs.org/onlyateacher/john.html.
  • Head of Philosophy/ Elementary Education

    Head of Philosophy/ Elementary Education
    At the University of Chicago Dewey was made the head of the philosophy department. Dewey was inspired by philosopher William James and his philosophy is known as experimentalism, which focuses on the human experience. During this time Dewey and his wife Harriet started an experimental primary school for a short time at the University of Chicago. (1) “John Dewey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 June 2020, www.biography.com/scholar/john-dewey.
  • Ivy League

    Ivy League
    Left Chicago to teach at Columbia University as a professor of philosophy while also working at Teachers College. His philosophy stated that humans act out of habit and unexpected outcomes came from change. Dewey believed that a universal education would allow humans to think creatively by letting go of habit. “John Dewey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 June 2020, www.biography.com/scholar/john-dewey.
  • The New School for Social Research

    The New School for Social Research
    Dewey along with a number of colleagues started a new school that emphasized the free exchange of ideas in the arts and social sciences. “John Dewey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 June 2020, www.biography.com/scholar/john-dewey.
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    Education Reform

    Dewey was an advocate for education reform stating that students' education should focus on their interaction with the present. But, he also believed that learning from the past was essential. “John Dewey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 June 2020, www.biography.com/scholar/john-dewey.
  • Retirement

    After many years of educating and advocating for students, Dewey retired from his career of teaching and earned the title professor emeritus. After his retirement Dewey was still active in the community serving in many educational organizations. “John Dewey.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 June 2020, www.biography.com/scholar/john-dewey.