ERIC Number: ED225974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Case Study in the Professionalization of Nineteenth Century Teaching. Nathaniel T. Allen, 1823-1872. Final Report.
Cadwallader, Lynn J.
This biography of an influential nineteenth century New England educator, Nathaniel T. Allen (1823-1903), provides a profile of teaching and teacher education at a time when non-clerics emerged as teachers and educational leaders, and is based on a vast new collection of primary source materials in educational history. Allen's career, as it paralleled and manifested the early professionalization of teaching in this country, is studied in four major phases: (1) 1823-1844, covering family background and economic factors that led to his career choice; (2) 1845-1847, describing early training at the Bridgewater Normal School and the subsequent teaching experiences of Bridgewater students; (3) 1848-1853, highlighting Allen's work at the Model School of the West Newton Normal School and his political development; and (4) 1854-1872, following Allen's further professional development in the West Newton English and Classical School. Throughout the biography, Allen's educational theories, philosophies, and practices are described. Materials available in the Allen manuscript collection reveal how one group of teachers, like Allen, from Massachusetts, viewed their work as they moved from unpredictable positions in district schools through normal school training to an increased professional commitment to education. Also noted is the fact that, during the mid-19th century, the occupation of teaching gradually shows growth toward becoming a profession; society's belief develops, too, in the importance of schooling. (JD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Creative Works; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nineteenth Century