ERIC Number: EJ818486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 23
American Pestalozzianism Revisited: Alfred Holbrook and the Origins of Object-Based Pedagogy in 19th Century America
Myers, Nathan R.
American Educational History Journal, v34 n1 p85-96 2007
The purpose of this study is to explore the significance of 19th century American educator Alfred Holbrook through his writings and administration of the Lebanon, Ohio based National Normal University. Through a case study of Alfred Holbrook, the historical understanding of important issues relating to the history of pedagogy and normal schools can be enriched. Specifically, this scholarship on Alfred Holbrook adds to the existing literature in two ways: First, an understanding of the career of Alfred Holbrook questions the strong tendency in the secondary literature to view American Pestalozzianism as having its origins in Horace Mann or Edward Sheldon. Second, an understanding of Holbrook's brand of Pestalozzian pedagogy helps in more fully comprehending the Judeo-Christian element in American Pestalozzianism. After reviewing Holbrook's educational writings and archival evidence from Holbrook's tenure as president of National Normal University, the author argues that Alfred Holbrook's Pestalozzian object-based pedagogy represents an important contribution to the historical understanding of the origins of American Pestalozzianism and the Judeo-Christian underpinnings of object-based learning.
Descriptors: Educational History, Foreign Countries, Educational Practices, Case Studies, College Presidents, Teaching Methods, Epistemology, Educational Philosophy
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