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Comparisons in Early Years Education: History, Fact, and Fiction

Author(s): Mary Jane Drummond

Journal: Early Childhood Research & Practice
ISSN 1524-5039

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2000;
Original page

Keywords: Early Childhood Education | Educational Innovation | Educational Philosophy | Teaching Methods

This article discusses three schools and considers what lessons modern educators might learn from them. The first school described is the Malting House school, where Susan Isaacs taught for several years. The Malting House school, which existed from 1924 to 1929 in Cambridge, England, teaches the lesson of looking, with attention, at everything that children do. The second school discussed is a present-day primary classroom in Hertfordshire, England, where the teaching methods of Annabelle Dixon are described. This classroom demonstrates the relationship between an educatorÂ’s core values and her pedagogical practices. The third school discussed is Louisa May AlcottÂ’s fictional school, Plumfield. The lesson learned from this school is the importance of the imagination, which teaches us to aspire to a more just and harmonious society.
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