Professor Hope Jensen Leichter shares Elbenwood Center’s work and its tie with Dewy’s theory

April 28, 2019

On April 28, more than 150 education researchers and professionals from 50 universities and primary and secondary schools gathered at Beijing Normal University Yingdong Academic Auditorium for the third symposium themed on John Dewey's impact and theory, in commemoration of the 100th year of Dewey's visit to China.

The whole-day symposium, co-hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, the Institute of China Education Improving, and the Institute of Education History and Culture at Beijing Normal University, convened more than 30 speakers to offer their insights on the impact of Dewey's theory on the modernization of Chinese society and education.

Hope Jensen Leichter, Elbenwood Professor of Education and Director of the Elbenwood Center for the Study of Family as Educator at Teachers College, Columbia University, sent her regards to the symposium through a video. She introduced Elbenwood Center's work on the connection between family and schooling and its tie with Dewy's theory of experiential education.

"I believe, a very needed area of education today, and that is improving our understanding of the opportunities that family offers, and the ways that the changing forms of families in the world today need to have new ideas about how to maximize the education," said Professor Leichter. "Everyone's educating each other in families, and they are all drawing on the many resources of their community. And this is our exciting challenge for the future collaboration.”

Previously, two seminars have been hosted in January and March, discussing Dewey's lectures, books, and contributions to education reforms in China and his impact on China's educational institutions.

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