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Name: John Dewey Society.

Historical Note:

Originally called “The Association for the Study of Education in its Social Aspects," the John Dewey Society grew out of series of discussions held in 1934 and early 1935 among 60 or so liberal educators who wanted to found a society to "encourage in every way possible and itself conduct scholarly and scientific investigations of the relations of school and society, with particular reference to the place and function of education in the process of social change."

The group held annual meetings and oversaw the publication of a series of Yearbooks. Sixteen yearbooks were published during the period 1937 to 1962.

In 1957, the Society inaugurated the John Dewey Lecture, an annual presentation to AACTE (and after 1987, to the American Educational Research Association) that usually resulted in a book-length publication. In addition, the Society sponsors an annual John Dewey Memorial Lecture at the Annual meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Sources: John Dewey Society website
Note Author: Daniel Tanner

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