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Teaching Children ScienceHands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930$
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Sally Kohlstedt

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226449906

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.001.0001

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Forging an Institutional Base

Forging an Institutional Base

(p.175) CHAPTER SEVEN Forging an Institutional Base
Teaching Children Science

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

University of Chicago Press

The launch of the Nature-Study Review in 1905 by Maurice A. Bigelow, a faculty member at Teachers College in New York City, marked the high point of the nature study movement. This chapter explores how Bigelow, as editor, provided a forum for discussion that balanced theory and practice and addressed the concerns of teachers, administrators, and educational psychologists. The Review and its related Nature-Study framed society as a set of mechanisms for stabilizing a definition of the curriculum and appropriate coordinate practices. Nature study was a lively topic at meetings. Its association with poetic literature is probably largely responsible for fostering sentimentality as opposed to knowledge. Nature study advocates shared a different, historically rooted sensibility; they believed that there was no firm distinction or conflict between appreciating nature aesthetically and studying it systematically. Nature study had been rhetorically and substantially framed as a reaction to narrow, dry methods of teaching scientific facts, so when poetry and imaginative literature proved effective at awakening pupils’ interest and curiosity about the natural world, teachers used them.

Keywords:   nature study, Maurice A. Bigelow, curriculum, teaching, natural world

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