Roger Cousinet (1881, in Arcueil, France - 7 April 1973, in Paris, France) was a French teacher and a pioneer of the progressive education system in France. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1903 at École Normale Supérieure. He went on to become a teacher, before being mobilized into World War 1. Soon after the war, he continued his teaching, focusing on the method of active learning, which were initially frowned upon by his superiors at the time.
In 1921 he founded the New Education Association, running until 1939. In 1946 he created with François Chatelain the new School of the Source in Meudon, and the New School Association Française. In 1964, he founded the journal Education and Development which is still a current prominent French journal.
He has published a number of books including: A method of free labor groups (1945), The social life of the child (1950), The new education (1950) and Do as I say (1950). He is listed as one of the 100 most famous educators, by the International Bureau of Education (IBE).
- Roger Cousinet: promoting an alternative school, edited by Suzanne and Marie Saisse Vals knowledge of education, Ed Erès, 2002
- Roger Cousinet, a philosopher to the test of pedagogy, Textes choisis et présentés par Dominique Ottavi and Laurent Gutierrez, Philosophical Library of Education, INRP, 2007
- "The Blue Bird: Story of a review written by children for children (1922-1929)" by Laurent Gutierrez, The Journal Telemachus, No. 32, 2007, pp. 111–123.