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John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American psychologist, philosopher, and educational reformer. Arguing strongly for a democratic system in both schools and society, Dewey felt that democracy meant not only the extension of voting rights, but the establishment of a known public opinion by way of communication amongst citizens, politicians, and experts in the field. Dewey argued that education was a social process that needed to involve experience and interaction with the situations at hand.
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