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Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Sally Kohlstedt


In the early twentieth century, a curriculum known as nature study flourished in major city school systems, streetcar suburbs, small towns, and even rural one-room schools. This object-based approach to learning about the natural world marked the first systematic attempt to introduce science into elementary education, and it came at a time when institutions such as zoos, botanical gardens, natural history museums, and national parks were promoting the idea that direct knowledge of nature would benefit an increasingly urban and industrial nation. This book emphasizes the scientific, pedagogical ... More

Keywords: nature study, natural world, science, elementary education, zoos, botanical gardens, natural history museums, national parks, scouting movement, environmental field trips

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226449906
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Kohlstedt, author