People, places and spaces. Education in Robert Owen's New Society

Donnachie, Ian (2014). People, places and spaces. Education in Robert Owen's New Society. In: Mills, Sarah and Kraftl, Peter eds. Informal Education, Childhood and Youth. Geographies, Histories, Practices. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, pp. 81–96.

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Examines educational reform and practices in late 18th and early 19th century Britain, identifying formal and informal approaches to popular education and the places and spaces these were attempted. Identifies early practitioners including Bell, Lancaster and Owen and the contexts and places in which they operated. Provides a detailed case-study of the schools and curricula developed by Owen and others at New Lanark, Scotland, including assessment of innovative practice, formal and informal, on particpants, notably in the infant school, school for older pupils and in adult education. Owen and his teachers pioneered significant developments in the teaching of geography, natural history, and civics. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark maintains this commitment to education, notably on social, environmental, sustainability and co-operative issues.

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