Educational Visions from Two Continents: What Tagore adds to the Deweyan perspective

Educational Philosophy and Theory 43 (10):1161-1174 (2011)
In this global village, it is relevant to look at two educational visionaries from two continents, John Dewey and Rabindranath Tagore. Dewey observed that the modern individual was depersonalized by the industrial and commercial culture. He, thus, envisioned a new individual who would find fulfillment in maximum individuality within maximum community, which was embodied in his democratic concept and educational philosophy. Tagore's educational vision was based on India's traditional philosophy of harmony and fullness. It focused on self-realization within the context of international education. This article compares the educational visions of Dewey and Tagore and demonstrates that Tagore's international educational perspective adds to Dewey's concepts of social individual and democracy and that their perspectives have implications for contemporary education
Keywords democratic education  international education  Tagore  individual and society  Dewey
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DOI 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00648.x
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