ERIC Number: EJ818631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 34
Wesleyan Female College of Wilmington, Delaware: A College Before its Time?
Taggart, Robert J.
American Educational History Journal, v35 n2 p221-232 2008
Opening in 1837, Wesleyan Female Seminary became by 1855 one of the small number of colleges for women in the United States. The question is to what extent Wesleyan was a true college as that word was understood at the time, along with the wider issue of what constituted a college as the concept became transformed during the nineteenth century. In his famous study, Thomas Woody was unimpressed with the early female colleges (Woody 1929). However, he overestimated the permanence of the definition of a college as an institution which was, in fact, evolving in its curriculum and purpose as noted by the expansion of both electives and scientific studies in men's colleges of the middle 19th century (Brubacher and Rudy 1958, chap. 6). In this article, the author talks about the Wesleyan Female College of Wilmington, Delaware, explores its history and details how Wesleyan became a college.
Descriptors: Females, Seminars, Educational History, Curriculum Design, Single Sex Colleges, Womens Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers: United States; Delaware