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Title:What Jane Addams Tells Us about Early Childhood Education
Author(s):Bruce, Bertram C.
Subject(s):Jane Addams
early childhood education
Abstract:Jane Addams was a social reformer and one of the founders of the field of sociology. She worked to create better working conditions for immigrants, for the control of dis- ease and the development of public health, in the areas of multicultural understanding and peace activism. What she accomplished and wrote about during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Chicago stands as a model for how to infuse democracy throughout every aspect of life. Although Addams is not usually classified as a pro- gressive educator, we can draw insights from her work that are relevant to progressive education a century later. This chapter focuses on the implications for the area of early childhood education. If we were to list the major innovators in that field, we might find Fröbel, Pestalozzi, Montessori, or Steiner, but not Addams; her work had a much larger scope. Yet remarkably, and precisely because of that scope, her work speaks directly to the practical issues of early childhood education today. A similar case could be made for other aspects of education.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:Peter Lang
Citation Info:Bruce, Bertram C. (2015). What Jane Addams tells us about early childhood education. In Mustafa Eryaman and Bertram C. Bruce (eds.), International handbook of progressive education (pp. 437-450). New York: Peter Lang.
Genre:Book Chapter
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-01

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