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Wraga, William G. – American Educational History Journal, 2019
Educational historians have established that progressive education was a multifaceted, diversified approach to education reform, and have recognized that such a variegated phenomenon is difficult, if not impossible, to define. Instead, historians attempt to capture the complexity of progressive education either by articulating its principal…
Descriptors: Educational History, Progressive Education, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories
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Gunn, Dennis – American Educational History Journal, 2018
Rapid changes in American society in the early twentieth century fostered both a general sense of optimism for America's future and a perceived sense of moral dislocation affecting present and future generations of America's youth. Urbanization, modernization, and the increasing presence of immigrant populations were often viewed as challenges to…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Values Education, United States History, Political Attitudes
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Watras, Joseph – American Educational History Journal, 2016
World War I marked an important turning point in progressive education. With the founding of the Progressive Education Association (PEA) in 1919 advocates had an organization that stood against pedagogical formalism. This essay provides a discussion of this new approach to education, the possibilities of the contributions progressive schools made…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Organizations (Groups), Educational Philosophy, Social Change
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Watras, Joseph – American Educational History Journal, 2015
This essay will discuss two educational programs to improve the living conditions of students from low income families that Pedro T. Orata conducted during the middle years of the twentieth century. The question this paper will investigate is whether Orata considered the people he was trying to help as being trapped by the conditions of poverty to…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Developing Nations, Poverty, Educational History
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Morice, Linda C.; Reeves, Alison – American Educational History Journal, 2014
Given the difficult of defining and comprehending progressive education (and in view of recent scholars' belief that the movement should be understood in context), this article seeks to shed light on progressive education through a historical case study. The subject is Alice Moyer (1898- 1980), a member of an under-researched group in the study of…
Descriptors: Educational History, Progressive Education, Case Studies, Females
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Kridel, Craig – American Educational History Journal, 2013
In "The Transformation of the School", Lawrence Cremin warned against formulating any capsule definition of progressive education: "None exists, and none ever will; for throughout its history progressive education meant different things to different people, and these differences were only compounded by the remarkable diversity of…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Documentaries
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Smilie, Kipton D. – American Educational History Journal, 2013
Irving Babbitt and E.D. Hirsch defended the humanistic curriculum at both the beginning and end of the twentieth century, respectively. Both claimed that a set of specific knowledge needed to be passed from one generation to the next. Both found this knowledge primarily, though certainly not exclusively, through the classical Western tradition.…
Descriptors: Educational History, Humanism, Curriculum Development, Progressive Education
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Marthers, Paul P. – American Educational History Journal, 2013
Connecticut College for Women and its Progressive Era sister colleges (Douglass, Simmons, Skidmore, and William Smith) are distinctive for the prominent vocational and service elements each college had in its original mission and curriculum. Historians however have often left Connecticut College for Women out of the story of American women's…
Descriptors: Womens Education, Colleges, Progressive Education, Educational History
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Beineke, John A. – American Educational History Journal, 2012
Progressive education is often examined through the lens of curricular theorists, educational historians, and the experience of practitioners. One perspective, infrequently found in the debate, has been the experiences of students educated under the progressive philosophy. The Southern author, Flannery O'Connor, who attended progressive schools on…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Historians, Perspective Taking, Educational Attitudes
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Day, Richard E.; DeVries, Lindsey N. – American Educational History Journal, 2012
This article will consider the career of Massillon Alexander Cassidy, a Progressive Era school superintendent in Lexington, Kentucky, 1886-1928. The authors' review of school board records, personal letters, newspapers, and scholarly accounts, presents a rich outline of one man's career in public education that is illustrative of how progressive…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Reputation, Public Education, Career Development
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Senechal, Diana – American Educational History Journal, 2010
For many decades, American schools have been mired in jargon and confused values. A few exceptional books have shown the way through the thicket of educational ideas, policies, and practices. The work of Michael John Demiashkevich belongs to this set and offers a special philosophical perspective. In "An Introduction to the Philosophy of…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Recognition (Achievement), Reputation, Biographies
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Stallones, Jared – American Educational History Journal, 2010
John Lawrence Childs was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on January 11, 1889, the second child of John Nelson Childs and Helen Janette (Nettie) Smith. In childhood Childs absorbed the values of industry, democracy, and a traditional, but socially conscious, religion. Childs was a Methodist and an intensely private person not given to talking about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Biographies, Christianity, Information Dissemination
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Beineke, John A. – American Educational History Journal, 2010
In 1999, the changing goals of American schools were explored in "Education Week" through the events, achievements, and personalities that had formed United States education in the 20th century. First a series of articles, the collection was later published in book form as "Lessons of a Century: A Nation's Schools Come of Age."…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Goal Orientation, Educational History, Biographies
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Schmitt, Natalie Crohn – American Educational History Journal, 2010
In the progressive era, the distinguished political scientist Robert Putnam explains, progressives invested heavily in "social capital," that is, in the stock of active connections, social networks, shared values, norms of reciprocity, trustworthiness, and friendship that bind people together (Putnam 2000, 395). They were, he argues,…
Descriptors: Social Capital, School Activities, Progressive Education, Educational History
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Stallones, Jared R. – American Educational History Journal, 2009
A number of authors have drawn connections between progressive education and the Social Gospel movement, the Second Great Awakening, and other phenomena of 19th century America. In most cases these authors have focused on progressive educators from Protestant backgrounds, but progressivism reached into other American subcultures. Felix Adler was…
Descriptors: Religion, Progressive Education, United States History, Educational History
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