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ERIC Number: EJ895216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Teaching Writing in the Republic of Colombia, 1800-1850
Clark, Meri L.
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v46 n4 p449-461 Aug 2010
This article examines the enduring importance of handwriting in the early republic of Colombia. Colonial practice informed writing instruction but Colombians re-established it in national terms from the 1820s onward. Teaching writing became a critical tool of state formation: an ideal republic of virtuous functionaries depended on uniform handwriting. "Colombian penmanship" measured teacher effectiveness and student performance. Annual public school examinations enforced new political authority and social continuity. Writing samples expressed gender values, imagining boys as faithful citizens and hard workers, girls as graceful wives and dutiful daughters. Yet Colombian schools expected both boys "and" girls to perfect their penmanship to best express the virtues of good marriage, true friendship and lasting loyalty. Research in the "Archivo General de la Nacion" (Bogota, Colombia) "Fondo de Ministerio de la Instruccion Publica" forms the basis of this study. (Contains 45 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colombia