International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2013, Vol. 9(1) 14-24

Anti-progressivism in Education: Past and Present

Wayne J. Urban

pp. 14 - 24   |  Manu. Number: ijpe.2013.030

Published online: February 15, 2013  |   Number of Views: 2  |  Number of Download: 23


Abstract

This essay takes a look at what I call anti-progressivism in education or, more particularly, criticism of progressive education that was so vocal and visceral that it earns a label, at least initially, of anti-progressivism. After a brief introduction discussing the terms in general, I look at three instances of anti-progressivism in the 1950s and 1960s, in works by Arthur Bestor , Jr. published in 1953., and by Richard Hofstadter and James Bryant Conant, both published in 1963. My analysis of each reveals them to be works produced as part of a larger battle over the control of teacher education at American universities. Also, I argue that these works were by authors operating at least somewhat within a progressive tradition, rather than by outsiders to the tradition. The contours of this inter-academic progressive criticism of progressivism are then elaborated on and I close with a look at how this all relates to the contemporary situation in American teacher education.

Keywords: academic disciplines, anti-intellectualism, anti-progressivism, teacher education


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APA 6th edition
Urban, W.J. (2013). Anti-progressivism in Education: Past and Present . International Journal of Progressive Education, 9(1), 14-24.

Harvard
Urban, W. (2013). Anti-progressivism in Education: Past and Present . International Journal of Progressive Education, 9(1), pp. 14-24.

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Urban, Wayne J. (2013). "Anti-progressivism in Education: Past and Present ". International Journal of Progressive Education 9 (1):14-24.