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The Importance of Being Urban: Designing the Progressive School District, 1890-1940

David A. Gamson


The Importance of Being Urban offers several new perspectives on Progressive Era school reform by arguing that educational progressivism manifested itself differently at the local level than at the national level. This distinction can best be seen by examining how local district leaders—termed “district progressives”—embraced a variety of educational reforms considered novel and innovative. District progressives adopted curricula and instructional practices associated with Deweyan notions of pedagogy while they simultaneously implemented intelligence tests and other reforms that epitomized soc ... More

Keywords: district progressives, Progressive Era, progressive education, school districts, municipal politics, urban history, public policy, school reform, democracy, democratic education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226634548
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226634685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Gamson, author
Pennsylvania State University