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Samuel Wilderspin and the Infant School Movement

Samuel Wilderspin and the Infant School Movement by Phillip McCann
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Samuel Wilderspin became a household name in his own lifetime. Befriended by Dickens, lampooned by Cruikshank, his achievements discussed in Parliament, he was one of the best known educators of the 1830s and 1840s. However, Wilderspin’s consistent opposition to denominational education combined with his liberal and advanced views made him unpopular with the Establishment.

Samuel Wilderspin’s fame declined after his retirement in 1847 but his reputation as an infant school educator has survived. Many of his ideas and practices have had a great influence on infant education. In this book, first published in 1982, Wilderspin’s own story is placed in the context of this growing movement led by Owen, Buchanan and Oberlin, and it goes a long way towards reinstating him as one of the prominent figures in the early education movement. This title will be of interest to students of history and education.

Taylor and Francis; November 2016
340 pages; ISBN 9781315414676
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Title: Samuel Wilderspin and the Infant School Movement
Author: Phillip McCann; Francis A. Young