Progressive Education Theory and Practice, 1930-1960
Through a focus on actual classroom practices in several school systems in the Chicago area, Zilversmit examines the impact of Dewey's ideas at a national and local level. He looks at the course of progressivism from the 1930s, when its influence was at its height but reform was difficult because of the Depression, through the post-World War II period when the baby boom led to rapid school expansion. The new affluence made reform possible, but the Cold War put progressivism on the defensive.
Zilversmit's goal is to illuminate the role of the ideas of the progressives in determining school practices so we can develop a better understanding of the relationship between education ideas and educational practices. This understanding, argues Zilversmit, will better enable us to determine new directions for educational reform, and to determine how reforms can be successfully implemented.
1: Progressive Education: A Definition
2: Old Wine, New Bottles
3: Progressive Schools in the 1930s
4: Progressive Education in the 1930s: The Local Perspective
5: Postwar Education: The Challenge
6: Progressive Education under Fire
7: Postwar Education in the Suburbs
8: Postwar Education in Middle America
9: Progressive Education and the Process of Reform
Tables: School and Community Statistics, 1930-1960