Chapter 2 Recent Studies in Mainland China on John Dewey’s Visit to China (1919–1921)

In: John Dewey and Chinese Education
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ZHOU Hongyu
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Abstract

John Dewey, an American philosopher and educator, was invited to visit the Republic of China on April 30, 1919. Attracted by the May 4th Movement and its consequent social changes in China, Dewey stayed until August 2, 1921, mainly delivered talks and lectures. During his visit, he promoted his pragmatism which was widely accepted and became popular in the new wave of educational thoughts and reforms during that time period in China. One hundred years later, Dewey’s visit to China was studied again by researchers in China to continuously explore his influence on Chinese education. Given the insight and influence of pragmatist theory on educational issues, it can be said that Dewey’s influence on China was significant and profound in the past, which is worthy of being examined today and can be used for reference in the future. This article reviews the latest studies mainly by scholars in mainland China on his visit to China.

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