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Improvements in Education, as it Respects the Industrious Classes of the Community
With a Brief Sketch of the Life of Joseph Lancaster


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Education

  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108066341

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About the Authors
  • The son of a shopkeeper, Joseph Lancaster (1778–1838) received little formal education himself. In 1798 he set up a school in Southwark, waiving fees for poor children. Originally published in 1803, this work sets out in detail the philosophy and practice of Lancaster's system of education, which relied on peer tutoring. He was always concerned with the education of the underprivileged in industrial cities, lamenting that 'poor children be deprived of even an initiatory share of education, and of almost any attention to their morals'. The early decades of the nineteenth century saw the peak of the popularity of Lancaster's system as his ideas spread and inspired the establishment of schools around the world. His book is still significant in the history of educational methods. This reissue of the revised third edition of 1805 incorporates a brief 1840 biography of Lancaster.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108066341
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Improvements in Education: Advertisement
    1. A short history of the free-school
    2. Principles on which the institution is conducted
    3. On the arrangements of the institution
    4. Method of teaching the inferior classes reading
    5. Improved method of teaching spelling by writing
    6. A method of teaching to spell and read
    7. Extempore method of spelling
    8. An account of the improved method of instruction
    9. Inspection
    10. Emulation and rewards
    11. Offences and punishments
    12. Order
    13. On female education and employment
    14. Means of employing 50,000 children
    15. An account of the state of those schools
    16. Second class of schools
    17. Hints for the reformation of the present system
    List of subscribers
    Part II. A Brief Sketch of the Life of Joseph Lancaster: Preface
    1. Joseph Lancaster's birth and childhood
    2. Joseph's first school, and its progress
    3. Joseph becomes acquainted with the author
    4. Joseph travels through the kingdom, lecturing on his system
    5. Joseph's arrival in London
    6. Joseph's second visit to Canterbury, and its results
    7. Meeting of Joseph and Mr Fox at the author's house
    8. Joseph goes to America.

  • Authors

    Joseph Lancaster

    William Corston

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