Excerpt from Syllabus of Lectures on the History of Education: With Selected Bibliographies and Suggested Readings
This book is a revision of a Syllabus of Lectures used during the past three years with a class in the History of Education. In revising it for printing I have made such changes in arrangement and such additions and omissions as an experience of three years has seemed to indicate as desirable. It is hoped that in this new form the Syllabus and appended bibliographies will prove useful as a practical guide to teachers, librarians, and individual students.
The Syllabus is based on a combination of the lecture and library methods, with occasional class discussions and reports. Instead of confining students to a few text-books, the aim has been to give them breadth of view by familiarizing them with the literature of the subject, and to provide some. Training in methods of independent work.
An attempt has been made to study the history of education as a phase of the history of civilization. Accordingly a close connection has been maintained between the history of the civilization of a people and the ideas on and progress of education among them. Significant political events, changes in religious ideas, the attitude of the leaders toward the great problems, the progress of scientific discovery and invention, and the rise and progress of the scientific method and national Spirit have been considered as a back-ground for the study of the history of educational theories and practice. An attempt has also been made to separate what was mere theory from what was actual practice, what was particular or local from what was general; to give some coherence to that confusing period between the Protestant Revolt and the nineteenth century; to set the work of the theorists and the reformers in a proper relation to one another and to the times in which they lived, and to point out how far they have inﬂuenced the present; and finally, to sketch the great organizing movements of the nineteenth century, taking Germany, France, and England as types. Only the slightest outline of the history of education in America is given; just enough to show the relation of the European development to our own, this subject being dealt with in another course.
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