Progressivism in education is characterized by a focus on educating the whole student in an active, empirical way. Progressivists believe that the process of learning is rooted in the learner's questions that arise through experiencing the world. Progressivism is a student-centered philosophy, and effective progressive teachers provide experiences and environments that foster learning by doing. Curriculum content is derived from student interests and questions; students play a large role in making decisions about their education. Progressive instructors employ the scientific method in their teaching and encourage a democracy within the course.



Major Players

John Dewey

Francis Parker


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