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ERIC Number: ED414058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-14
Pages: 24
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Fallacies, Phantasies, and Egregious Prevarications in ECE History.
Hewes, Dorothy W.
The history of early childhood education is woven with inaccuracies in popular textbooks and biographies, common erroneous beliefs in the field, fantasies about the nature of the family in the late 1800s, and egregious prevarication--deliberately misleading statements in the field. For example, many fallacious beliefs are held concerning the nature of the Froebel kindergarten, Froebel's training, and the founding of the field of Home Economics. The perpetuation of these fallacious beliefs is sometimes due to inadequate research on the history of early childhood education. Examples of fantasies regarding families include kindergarten advocates' belief that they could transform families and communities through the music and games of their young children. Examples of deliberate misleading statements from the history of early childhood education include accounts of Froebel's deathbed statements and recent biographies of Bruno Bettelheim. Egregious prevarication is used as strategy for individual glorification and as an organizational tactic to bond group members together. The case of Elizabeth Peabody's introduction to Froebel's ideas and the origins of the Froebel kindergarten in the United States are fraught with such fantasies, fallacies, and egregious prevarications. Katharyn Whiteside Taylor's claim of opposition to parent cooperative nursery schools illustrates the use of egregious prevarication as an organizational tactic. The founding of the first parent-initiative cooperative nursery school is also an early education milestone surrounded by faulty beliefs. (Contains 57 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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