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First published in 1989, Towards a Theory of Schooling explores and debates the relationship between school and society. It examines the form and function of one of humankind’s most important social institutions, following the cutting edge of pedagogic innovation from mainland Europe through the British Isles to the USA. In the process, the book throws important light upon the origins and evolution of the school based notions of class, curriculum, classroom, recitation and class teaching.
Preface; 1. Setting the agenda 2. On the Origins of the Educational Terms Class and Curriculum 3. Schooling to Order: Jean Baptist de la Salle and the Pedagogy of Elementary Education 4. Adam Smith and the Moral Economy of the Classroom System 5. On Simultaneous Instruction and the Emergence of Class Teaching 6. The Recitation Revisited 7. Notes Towards a Theory of Schooling; Bibliography; Index
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