Progressive Rhetoric and Curriculum: Contested Visions of Public Education in Interwar Ontario, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Progressive Rhetoric and Curriculum

Contested Visions of Public Education in Interwar Ontario, 1st Edition

By Theodore Michael Christou


182 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Progressive Rhetoric: Contested Visions of Public Education in Interwar Ontario considers the ways that progressivist ideas and rhetoric shaped early curriculum and structural changes to Ontario’s public schools. Through a series of case studies, conceptual analyses, and personal reflections from the field, this volume shows how post-WWI era debates around progressive education were firmly situated within political, economic, social and intellectual evolutions in the province and beyond. By framing contemporary educational rhetoric in light of historical concepts and arguments, Progressive Rhetoric adds to the ongoing historical examination of the meaning of progressive education in the modern age.

Table of Contents

Preface: Who is Not a Progressive Reformer, Anyway?

Chapter 1: Ontario in the Interwar Period: Progressive Education for a Progressive Age

Chapter 2: Child Study as an Aspect of Progressive Education: Concentrating on the Individual Student

Chapter 3: Social Efficiency and Social Change: Schools, Workplaces, and Alignment with the World to Come

Chapter 4: Social Meliorism and Educational Progress: Making the World a Better Place through Schooling

Chapter 5: A Case Study in Educational Reform: Duncan McArthur, Progressivist

Chapter 6: Ontario in the 21st Century: Progressive Educational Rhetoric, Redux

Afterword: A Path Revisited, and Historical Research in Education Reviewed

About the Author

Theodore Michael Christou is an Associate Professor of Social Studies and History Education in the Faculty of Education at Queens University, Ontario with a cross-appointment to the Department of History.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

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EDUCATION / Curricula