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Continuity & Interaction
Two key concepts in Dewey's theory of experience

James Neill
Last updated:
18 Aug 2004

Continuity and Interaction (Dewey, 1938)

Dewey's theory of experience proposed that experiences had continuity (i.e., ongoing influence on future experience) and present experience was a function of accumulated past experiences interaction the present situational dynamics.  This is a famous educational theory that underlies many of the assumptions and theories related to outdoor education.  To learn more, go to Summary of John Dewey's "Experience and Education".