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ERIC Number: ED477528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-8
Pages: 18
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Instruction in the Making: Peter Ramus and the Beginnings of Modern Schooling.
Hamilton, David
This paper examines educational practice between 1450-1650, highlighting 16th century educationist, Peter Ramus, whose work is remembered in the "History of Western Philosophy" as fostering a "pedagogic marvel." Ramus' work has received scant attention from English-speaking educationists, and his niche within the educational pantheon is unrecorded. This paper examines why Ramus' work has been screened from the attention of educationists and what the relationship is between humanism, Ramus' pedagogic marvel, and, in the words of Walter Ong, "the logic of the schools." Starting with the liberal arts, which came to prominence in the Middle Ages, the paper sketches changes that occurred between 1450-1650, linking these developments to insights about Ramus generated by Ong in 1958. Finally, the paper discusses why Ramus' work has suffered at the hands of 19th and 20th century humanist scholarship. It suggests that, under the influence of Valla, Agricola, and Ramus, among others, the language arts of the trivium were gradually transformed into the instructional methods of the Renaissance and Reformation. In turn, these methods served as paradigms in the subsequent history of modern schooling. (Contains 35 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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