Child and Discipline According to John Dewey

John Dewey was a staunch supporter of child’s freedom. He considered it appropriate to discipline child through social values, because of this he will be able to better adjust with society and his social environment. The teacher should work to make child aware of social values. Teacher should direct child only after understanding his previous experiences and knowledge.

The teacher needs not to discipline the child through strict rules and punishments. Rather he can educate the child to learn from his experiences through research and experimentation. The teacher needs not to impose his understanding and thinking on the child in order to discipline the child. The teacher should motivate the child for self-learning, self-discipline and group discipline. Inculcation of discipline and personality of child should be developed through cooperation and functional activities.

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