Wesley Education Research Center

Wesley Education Research Center for Early Childhood Education is the leading organization in advocating the philosophies, methodologies and values of Progressive Education within the Wesley Education Family. Pioneered by John Dewey, the founding father of modern education movements in US, Progressive Education flourishes in the pursuit of fostering a cooperative community citizen and developing individuals’  capacities ever since.

What Makes Wesley Schools Stand Out?

The following chart, from the National Association of Independent Schools, is a helpful guide in understanding the differences between traditional and constructivist/ progressive education.

Traditional Schools

Progressive Education Schools

School is a preparation for life School is a part of life
Learners are passive absorber of information and authority Learners are active participants, problem solvers, and planners
Teachers are sources of information and authority Teachers are facilitators, guides who foster thinking
Parents are outsiders and uninvolved Parents are the primary teachers, goal setters, and planners, and serve as resources
Community is seperate from school, except for funding Community is an extension of the classroom
Decision-making is centrally based and administratively delivered Decision-making is shared by all constituent groups
Program is determined by external criteria, particularly test results Program is determined by mission, philosophy, and goals for graduates
Learning is linear, with factual accumulation and skill mastery Learning is spiral, with depth and breadth as goals
Knowledge is absorbed through lectures, worksheets, and texts Knowledge is constructed through play, direct experience, and social interaction
Instruction is linear and largely based on correct answers Instruction is related to central questions and inquiry, often generated by the children
Disciplines, particularly language and math, are separated Disciplines are integrated as children make connections
Skills are taught discretely and are viewed as goals Skills are related to content and are viewed as tools
Assessment is norm referenced, external, and graded Assessment is benchmarked, has many forms, and is progress oriented

A brief history of Progressive Education may help you understand what Progressive Education is all about.

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