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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations


Parker; Francis W. (Francis Wayland); 1837-1902; Sukhomlinskiĭ; Vasiliĭ Aleksandrovich; Progressive education--Ukraine


The purpose of this thesis is to select, describe, and compare ideas about child-centered education using philosophies of the American educator Francis Parker and Ukrainian educator Vasyl Sukhomlynsky. The research will determine the applicability of these ideas in the process of building a civil society in Ukraine. Ukrainian schools need change. Ukrainian critics argue that the heritage of the old Soviet educational system, which was based on the subject-centered learning approach, the collective and atheist education, does not comply with the intention of Ukraine to build a civil society. Soviet methods do not produce individuals who can think independently, make their own decisions, respect other points of view, and maintain moral norms of behavior. Francis Parker suggests education which combines individual and social interests, where individuals are in the center of education and civil society is built on a moral and religious base. Vasyl Sukhomlynsky argues for a child-centered education based on national traditions and ideals. The framework of this study provides the historical overview of education in Ukraine, and a comparison of the progressive ideas of Parker and Sukhomlynsky.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [87]-91)


v, 91 pages




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