In this essay, we focus on how Chinese students’ experience emerged and evolved in the educational activities of the twenty-first century, one hundred years after John Dewey’s visit to China. With the help of a case study, I find that (1) the individual’s experience is lived and understood in combination with others’ lives; (2) democratic dialogue is a concrete way of democratic life; and (3) the teacher is more of an escort than a trainer in the evolution of the students’ experience systems.

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