Mother at the source: Romanticism and infant education

Davis, R. A. (2020) Mother at the source: Romanticism and infant education. In: Veliki, M.D. and Duffy, C. (eds.) Romanticism and the Cultures of Infancy. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 91-113. ISBN 9783030504281 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-50429-8_5)

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Robert Davis traces the prehistory of some modern concepts and practices in infant education during the Romantic period. He takes as his focus the work of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi and Robert Owen. Both, Davis argues, used new, Romantic ideas about infancy as the basis of campaigns for educational reform, campaigns which challenged earlier but still current Christian and Enlightenment paradigms of infancy and infant development. In the context of the social and demographic crises of urbanisation and industrialisation, and the collapse of established networks of popular schooling, such campaigns, Davis shows, served to drive new, philanthropic models of education centred on the idea of the emotional and moral capacities of the infant.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davis, Professor Robert
Authors: Davis, R. A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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