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Dewey's 'Democracy and Education': 100 years on

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John Dewey's "Democracy and Education" 100 Years On: Past, Present, and Future Relevance

September 28 - October 1 2016

Homerton College and Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

"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


Our conference programme is now complete, with over 100 presenters from 25 countries. Registration is now closed for the conference. 

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You can now download the latest versions of the programme here.


Accommodation may become scarce as it will be a busy week in Cambridge - please arrange soon via our page.

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Please look at our conference blog here

A Call To Action: Planning To Mark 100 Years Of John Dewey's 'Democracy and Education'

In this video Gert Biesta, Ruth Heilbronn and Richard Pring talk in 2013 about the making of the event

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