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Child-Centred Education: Reviving the Creative Tradition by Ms Christine Doddington, Mary Hilton

By Ms Christine Doddington, Mary Hilton

This publication evokes lecturers trying to make their perform extra surely academic. Authors Christine Doddington and Mary Hilton trap the present opinion that undemanding faculties can start to reclaim a few of their autonomy, be leading edge, and develop into extra inventive. in keeping with vast ranging study, the booklet units out to restore the artistic substitute to the inflexible and impoverished studying skilled through too many elementary college childrens. The authors hint the origins and historical past of the child-centered culture; set out its primary ideals and values; and discover its position in schooling this day.

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In these schools, as one commentator put it, ‘class discipline could only be maintained by great strictness and perpetual vigilance’. However, there were certain methods and practices that helped control these large numbers of potentially unruly children. Indeed, throughout the nineteenth century, with the growth of institutions such as schools, prisons and hospitals a whole set of procedures had been carefully developed to help control, measure and train individuals in the system so that they would not and could not resist authority.

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We went to the university for the history and education, we went to the art school for the art part, and we had to teach, and we took two years to do it. But it was the full course they would have taken if you’d been a Froebel student in a training college. I went along to my Froebel classes and I did my bit trying to teach them with the clay pots and we did some weaving with little twigs with little bits of string. I tried to teach them according to what I 32 CONTRASTING VISIONS: CONTRASTING LIVES CHAPTER 2 was … from the very start of my teaching career I was Froebel oriented.

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