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Deweyean Logic and Scientific Inquiry for Personal Development

Katerina K. Frantzi.

The purpose of Dewey's philosophy of education is the continuous reorganization of child’s experience for increased connection of meanings. The major aim of education is to encourage children, as individuals, to continue their life long education as cognitive and overall growth. The holistic pedagogy for a total personality is, in essence, an education for life in a genuine community, for it provides the tools for continuous adjustment between the new and the old, the precarious and the stable, the novel and the continuous, creativity and conformity, self and the other.

Dewey’s logic was much concerned with learning process. Learning is not the work of something ready-made called mind, but mind itself is an organization of original capacities into activities having significance. Knowledge is a function of experience, and as such, it is always involved in the reconstruction or transformation of a specific problematic situation. He was convinced that reality is dynamic and self-evolving, and can be properly defined in terms of experience only.

The pragmatic theory of learning is developed around the stages of the doubt-inquiry process. Inquiry is the intelligent method of research attached to scientific principles, that Dewey applies to educational practice for solution to personal, educational, and social problems. Together with Bentley he set three levels of organization and presentation of inquiry, which in fact are human behaviors “in and with respect to the world”: Self-action, Inter-action, and Trans-action.
Dewey concluded that, science is necessary in education for the full development of democracy, because through the scientific inquiry process education creates citizens, who adopt principles and acquire virtues of democracy.


Katerina K. Frantzi  (Greece)
Educator, Ph.D.
Faculty of Philosophy
Sofia University

Author holds a M.Ed. in Educational Policy-Planning-Administration and School Psychology-Counceling, University of Patras; Special Course Certificate in Psychology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London; B.Ed. in Primary Education, University of Patras.

  • Education for Personal Growth
  • Inquiry
  • Deweyan Logic
Person as Subject
  • John Dewey

(Virtual Presentation, English)