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ERIC Number: ED409304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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An Analysis and Implementation of Charles Dickens' Sole Curricular Writing.
Hanna, Robert C.
This paper examines the curriculum Charles Dickens wrote for his children, an "easy account" of selections from the New Testament. Dickens designed the curriculum to make this material accessible and meaningful to his children prior to schooling under the direction of other teachers, tutors, or governesses, and earlier than the language of the King James Bible could be expected to be easily understood. All surviving primary sources regarding the curriculum and its implementation were examined. A case study is presented of the author's use of the curriculum with his six-year-old daughter, Emily. The case study serves as a basis for identifying general expectations for this curriculum implementation according to Dickens' pedagogy, and it documents the experience by individual chapters of Dickens' curriculum, summarizing first the content and then Emily's responses. Study findings suggest three general expectations for future implementations: (1) even with Dickens' simplified language, the child will have questions about vocabulary which can lead to discussion of the biblical and moral significance of these words; (2) a child can be expected to comment on what he or she has already learned about Jesus' life and teachings; and (3) a child can be expected to share self-made associations between something in Dickens' curriculum and other knowledge or personal experience. Study results suggest that Dickens' curriculum remains pedagogically sound, especially when his method of reading and discussing aloud is employed. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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