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Dewey, John (1859–1952)

  1. N. A. Haynie

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0270

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Haynie, N. A. 2010. Dewey, John (1859–1952). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educator. He attended the University of Vermont, after which he taught high school and independently studied philosophy. He entered the graduate program at Johns Hopkins University and received his doctorate in philosophy in 1884. He taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota before going to the University of Chicago in 1894, the same year as James Rowland Angell. Dewey remained at Chicago for 10 years, and his and Angell's influence made the university a center for functional psychology. Dewey started an experimental laboratory school at Chicago, a new approach to educational methods that made him both famous and controversial. When he left, the leadership of the functionalist school passed to Angell. From 1904 to 1930 Dewey was at Columbia University, working on applications of psychology to educational and philosophical problems.