Pioneers of Early Childhood Education: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide

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Ella Victoria Dobbs (1866-1952)
A commitment to the wider use of manual arts in the kindergarten led Dobbs to work for more continuity of curriculum in the elementary school. Dobbs made many other contributions to education. She was a founding member and president ( 1915-1925) of the National Council of Primary Education; professor and department chairperson in the Department of Applied Arts which she created at the University of Missouri, and she developed a complete curriculum for handwork in the elementary school as a separate division of applied arts. She was a founding member of Pi Lambda Theta ( president, 1921-1925), Columbia Missouri's first parent-teachers group, the Equal Suffrage Association, and a branch of the League of Women Voters; and served as president of the Missouri State Teachers Association ( 1925). In 1923 Pi Lambda Theta initiated the Ella Victoria Dobbs scholarship for advanced study in education. The Women's Centennial Congress in 1940 honored her as one of 100 women who succeeded in careers not open to women in 1840; and she was honored by Missouri as a leader in achieving women's suffrage and by the Association for Childhood Education as a leader in' early childhood education. In addition, she was an accomplished author and lecturer. Dobbs believed that teachers should experiment to improve methods and use applied arts projects to teach content across the curriculum. She worked to help teachers become involved, interested, and committed to community and educational activities.
PRIMARY SOURCES
61. Primary Handwork. New York: Macmillan, 1914. Describes artwork projects for young children to be used with various curriculum areas.
62. Illustrative Handwork for Elementary School Subjects. New York: Macmillan, 1917. A comprehensive book for teachers that discusses how to use handwork across the curriculum, detailed directions for using a variety of materials; four types of activities -- posters, illustrated books, table representations, and illustrative construction; student textbooks in a variety of subject areas and relates to the projects; and a list of projects. Most relevant today in light of integrated curriculum. Perhaps Dobbs was years' ahead of her time?
63. Our Playhouse. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1924. Written for second grade children, this book presents a detailed description of how a group of children planned and built a playhouse. Presents a brief discussion for teachers at the end telling how they can use the book with children.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • References x
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Bibliography xvi
  • Johann Amos Comenius (1592-1670) 1
  • John Dewey (1859-1952) 3
  • Ella Victoria Dobbs (1866-1952) 17
  • Abigail Adams Eliot (1892-1992) 21
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Froebel (1782-1852) 25
  • Arnold Lucius Gesell (1880-1961) 29
  • William Nicholas Hailmann (1836-1920) 33
  • Granville Stanley Hall (1844-1924) 41
  • William Torrey Harris (1835-1908) and Susan E. Blow (1843-1916) 47
  • Elizabeth Harrison (1849-1927) 55
  • Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946) 59
  • Amy M. Hostler (1898-1987) 63
  • Leland B. Jacobs (1907-1992) 65
  • William Heard Kilpatrick (1871-1965) 67
  • Lucy Craft Laney (1854-1933) 71
  • John Locke (1632-1704) 73
  • Emma Jacobina Christiana Marwedel (1818-1893) 75
  • Margaret Mcmillan (1860-1931) and Rachel Mcmillan (1859-1917) 77
  • Lucy Sprague Mitchell (1878-1967) 79
  • Maria Montessori (1870-1952) 83
  • Robert Owen (1771-1858) 85
  • Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894) 87
  • Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) 91
  • Jean Piaget (1896-1980) 93
  • Caroline Pratt (1867-1954) 99
  • Alice Harvey Whiting Putnam (1841-1919) 101
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) 105
  • Alice Temple (1871-1946) 107
  • Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) and the National Association of Colored Women 111
  • Edward Lee Thorndike (1874-1949) 117
  • Evangeline H. Ward (1920-1985) 121
  • Lillian Weber (1917-1994) 125
  • Lucy Wheelock (1857-1946) 129
  • Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) 133
  • Appendix - A Chronological List 135
  • Bibliography 137
  • Index 139
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