The Evolution of Educational Theory in the United States

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Preface

THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

The purpose of this study is to trace the evolution of the theory of education in the United States from the beginning of the colonial period to the present. In doing so it will discuss the implications that such an evolution has had on the national character of the United States and the kind of education that has developed as a result of this application. In order to adequately present components of this theory, this study begins with a discussion of the evolution of theory in ancient Greece as the origins of theory in Western education. Using this approach, the study focuses on seven specific areas of critical importance.

These areas are: (1) the conditions that affected education during the colonial period; (2) the influence of educational institutions in medieval Europe; (3) the theory espoused by certain individuals, both in Europe and in colonial America; (4) the inception of formal education; (5) the nature of the colonial society; (6) the kind of education that evolved during the colonial period; and (7) the impact of religion on both education and society. These combined to create an environment that required an evolution of theory. By its very nature, theory must seek to address various aspects of the educational process. It must address educational objectives and how their implementation determines the character of education and the society in which it is cast. Its effectiveness in serving national purpose must be determined by how well students are doing, both in school and in society. Theory must also address the curriculum, administrative system, and current problems.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Origins of the Theory of Western Education 15
  • Notes 34
  • 2 - Theory During the Colonial Period 37
  • Notes 57
  • 3 - Theory During the Revolutionary Period 61
  • Notes 80
  • 4 - Theory During the Common School Movement 83
  • 5 - The Theory of Secondary, Higher, and Teacher Education 103
  • Notes 121
  • 6 - The Courts and the Theory of Education for African Americans 125
  • 7 - Theory to Address National Problems: From Warren G. Harding to Bill Clinton 153
  • Notes 181
  • Conclusion 210
  • Notes 211
  • Selected Bibliography 215
  • Index 237
  • About the Author 251
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