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ERIC Number: EJ938011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
"Their Little Wooden Bricks": A History of the Material Culture of Kindergarten in the United States
Prochner, Larry
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v47 n3 p355-375 2011
This article explores the material culture of kindergarten in the United States in relation to the production and consumption of materials and kindergarten theory and pedagogy. The focus is on Friedrich Froebel's building gifts as they were manufactured and sold by the Milton Bradley Company from 1869 to 1939. A review of trade catalogues over the 70-year period found that the gifts were available along with larger blocks and materials supporting progressive pedagogies. The presence of items in the catalogues supporting different and conflicting ideas is explained as a reflection of the enduring popularity of a conservative kindergarten pedagogy aligned with Froebel's original ideas. (Contains 104 footnotes, 1 table and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A