1st Edition

British Froebelian Women from the Mid-Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century A Community of Progressive Educators

Edited By Amy Palmer, Jane Read Copyright 2021
    222 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    British Froebelian Women from the Mid-Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century presents a series of critical case studies of individual women who worked and advocated for the cause of Froebelian and progressive pedagogy in Britain from the mid-nineteenth century until the present day. The book presents a compelling picture of how women have contributed in powerful ways to educational life and child-centred practices.

    The book examines the beliefs and values of its subjects, offering crucial insights into how these women forged their professional identities and practice as new thinking about education and childhood emerged, and considers the differing forms of inspiration they drew from their connections with the Froebelian community.

    This book will be of great interest for postgraduate students and academics in the fields of Women's Studies, History of Education, Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Studies.

    List of figures

    Series Editor Introduction. Catherine Burke and Jane Martin

    Notes on editors and contributors

    Foreword. Amy Palmer and Jane Read


    Introduction. Identity and Community, Revision and Dissemination: The Evolving Froebel Community in Britain. Amy Palmer and Jane Read

    Chapter One. Esther E. Lawrence (1862-1944). Defining and Redefining Froebelian Pedagogy at the Froebel Educational Institute, London. Jane Read

    Chapter Two. Clara Grant (1867-1949). Implementing Froebelian Pedagogy in an East London Slum. Amy Palmer

    Chapter Three. Grace Owen (1873-1965). Sharing and Fostering Froebelian Principles within the Nursery School Movement. Michelle Palser

    Chapter Four. Jeanie P. Slight (1890–1973). Disseminating Revisionist Froebelian Pedagogy. Jane Read

    Chapter Five. Enid Blyton (1897-1968). Articulating Froebelian Pedagogy through Literature for Children and Teachers. Amy Palmer

    Chapter Six. Molly Brearley (1905-1994). Educating Teachers and Popularising Developmental Approaches in the Post-War Era. Peter Cunningham

    Chapter Seven. Elinor Goldschmied (1910-2009). Pioneering Practice for People Under Three and Those Who Care for Them. Peter Elfer and Dorothy Selleck


    Chapter Eight. Chris Athey (1924 - 2011). Integrating Piagetian Principles into Froebelian Pedagogy. David Gledhill

    Chapter Nine. Tina Bruce (b.1947). Advocating and Practising Froebelian Principles. Kate Hoskins and Sue Smedley

    Conclusion. Amy Palmer and Jane Read

    Appendix. Timeline



    Amy Palmer is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton, London, UK, and Books Editor of History of Education.

    Jane Read is Emeritus Fellow at the University of Roehampton, London, UK, and a member of the Early Childhood Research Centre.



    "This book, which provides an account of how a progressive and childcentred pedagogical tradition developed and advanced in England will be of interest to students and professionals working in early childhood education and care. It also has relevance for those interested in the notion of professional identity and how this develops in the context of communities of practice."

    - Rebecca Aberton, Educational Review