AUTHOR: OKOLI, ROLAND VICTOR L.
AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
Education is the bedrock of development for societies and individuals. The educational system remains the mechanism that drives the structure of education process in any given society. The educational system of Nigeria remains a toddler and, more still, submerged in endemic crisis, hence its inability to meet the developmental needs of our society and the individuals. For Dewey, education should not be simply instruction in various subjects but rather a coherent unified effort to foster the development of citizens capable of promoting the further growth of society by employing intelligence fruitful in a social contest. This philosophical pragmatism is viewed as a symbolic midway point between structural functional views of education linked to the stabilization of the status quo that seeks substantial transformation of our social order. This research examines John Dewey’s concept of education as offering a fruitful angle of vision by which reconstruction of the crisis ridden Nigerian Educational system can be possible. This is done by way of philosophical analysis and hermeneutics.
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Tags: Aristotle, Bertrand Russell, Education, Education Contemporary Issues, Education Crisis, Education Management Problems, Education Resources, Educational Aims., Edward Blyden, Friedrich Froebel, Growth, Indigenous Education, Intellectual Influence, Islamic Education, Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Amos, National Policy on Education, Pedagogical Theory, Philosophy Thesis-2010, Plato, Reconstructionism, Student, Traditional Education, Western Education, Whitehead