David Stow: Christian educator in nineteenth century Scotland

McKinney, S. J. (2020) David Stow: Christian educator in nineteenth century Scotland. Journal of Religious Education, 68, pp. 233-247. (doi: 10.1007/s40839-020-00103-9)

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The educational work of David Stow evolved in three phases. He established a Sabbath school and helped to introduce both infant schooling and teacher training in Glasgow, Scotland in the nineteenth century. He helped to establish the Glasgow Normal Seminary and later he joined the Free Church of Scotland Normal Seminary. Stow was a committed Presbyterian Christian, and this motivated him and was at the centre of all of the three phases of his educational work. He was dedicated to the school education of the poor, similar to other educators of his time. He understood this mission to the poor as a means to rescue them from the corrupting influences in their urban settings. The corrupting influences would be replaced, however, by social control and the promotion of Christianity. This article presents an examination of the close links between his strongly held Christian beliefs, Christian worldview and his vision of schooling and teacher preparation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McKinney, Professor Stephen
Authors: McKinney, S. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Journal of Religious Education
ISSN (Online):2199-4625
Published Online:02 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Author
First Published:First published in Journal of Religious Education 68:233-247
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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