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Interest and Effort in Education

John Dewey. With a new preface by James E. Wheeler

Publication Year: 2009

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. 6-7

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pp. vii-xviii

...In the preface to the 1913 Riverside Press edition of Interest and Effort in Education, the distinguished university president, the late Henry SuzzalIo, said that "active acceptance by teachers [of the substance of Dewey's argument presented in the book] would bring about a complete transformation of classroom methods." Intrigued, apparently...

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I. Unified Versus Divided Activity

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pp. 1-15

...In the educational lawsuit of interest versus effort, let us consider the respective briefs of plaintiff and defendant. In behalf of interest it is claimed that it is the sole guarantee of attention; if we can secure interest in a given set of facts or ideas, we may be perfectly sure that the pupil will direct his energies toward. mastering them...

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II. Interest as Direct and Indirect

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pp. 16-45

...We now come to our second main topic, the psychology of interest. I begin with a brief descriptive account. Interest is first active, projective,or propulsive. We take interest. To be interested in any matter is to be actively concerned with it. Mere feeling regarding a subject may be static or inert,...

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III. Effort, Thinking, and Motivation

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pp. 46-64

...What is it that we really prize under the name of effort? What is it that we are really trying to secure when we regard increase in ability to put forth effort as an aim of education? Taken practically, there is no great difficulty in answering. What we are after is...

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IV. Types of Educative Interest

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pp. 65-89

...The clew we have foI1owed in our discussion of interest is its connection with an activity engaging a person in a whole-hearted way. Interest is not some one thing; it is a name for the fact that a course of action, an occupation, or pursuit absorbs the powers of an individual in a thorough-going way. But an activity cannot go on in a void. It requites material, subject-matter...

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V. The Place of Interest in the Theory of Education

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pp. 90-96

...We conclude with a brief restatement setting forth the importance of the idea of interest for educational theory. Interests, as we have noted, are very varied; every impulse and habit that generates a purpose having sufficient force to move a person to strive for its realization, becomes an interest. But in spite of this diversity...


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pp. 97-102

Textual Note

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p. 103-103

Back Cover

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p. 123-123

E-ISBN-13: 9780809386659
E-ISBN-10: 0809386658
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809329403
Print-ISBN-10: 0809329409

Page Count: 122
Publication Year: 2009