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H. E. Armstrong and the Teaching of Science 1880–1930

H. E. Armstrong and the Teaching of Science 1880–1930


Part of Cambridge Texts and Studies in the History of Education

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521169417

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  • Originally published in 1973, this is a selection of the educational writings of H. E. Armstrong, edited with a full introduction by W. H. Brock. Henry Armstrong (1848–1937) was a controversial and energetic publicist for reforms in science teaching and curricula. He was concerned to make teaching at all levels less didactic and authoritarian, more practical and experimental; where possible a student should be prompted by his own curiosity, and should learn things first hand. He called his approach 'heuristic' - meaning learning through discovery - and sought to establish it through public platforms like the British Association, schools and through his own training of teachers. In his introduction Dr Brock offers a historical critique of Dr Armstrong's methods and achievements, and considers to what extent he can be seen as a progenitor of subsequent curriculum reforms.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521169417
    • length: 174 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.2kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the selections
    Editor's introduction
    1. Our need to honour Huxley's will (1933)
    2. On the teaching of Natural Science as a part of the Ordinary School Course and on the method of teaching Chemistry on the Introductory Courses in Science Classes, Schools and Colleges (1884)
    3. Suggestions for a course of elementary instruction in Physical Science (1889)
    4. The aims and practice of teaching Chemistry (1897)
    5. The Heuristic method of teaching or The art of making children discover things for themselves. A chapter in the History of English Schools (1898)
    6. Mosely Educational Commission (1904)
    7. Sanderson of Oundle. The fundamental problems of school policy and the cult of the turned up trouser hem (1924)
    Notes to introduction
    Notes to texts

  • Editor

    W. H. Brock

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