The History of Student-Based Education

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introduction Over the years teaching and learning has gone through many changes. From the teachings of Aristotle to Maria Montessori the ultimate goal is to ultimately provide the highest level of education possible for the child that is serviced. An aspect of education that began in the early stages of formal schooling in the United States that still exists today is training for the utilization of real world experiences. This aspect of education was at times seen as novel. Yes, and like most segments of American education that resurfaces after years have passed, it too has been repackaged and distributed to students, educators and gurus in a different colored box. However, it is still being enacted in many districts and classrooms across the country with highly regarded feedback. In this paper I will seek to explore the early beginnings of project learning, what caused a shift and the visible remnants that remain. Traditional Education with Reform in Mind The 19th century was greatly influenced by industrialization, which stimulated social change and the development schools (Rury, 2013). Not only did this era spark formal schooling, it was also during this time in America that schoolhouses began to spring up in areas that were becoming populated by settlers. These early schools were mostly used to teach religion and were often made up of multi-aged pupils. However, the mid and late 1800s brought about a push by Horace Mann to standardize education. This push was based on Mann’s many visits to schools in Massachusetts. While working he found disparity among the school sites and education that was being received. Mann noted that there was variability in the highly localized schoolhouses. Not only was there vast ... ... middle of paper ... ...icate part of the American education system. In years past this aspect of education has helped to fuel societies’ economic growth, created a laser-like focus for the career oriented and has transformed mind-sets to make its value known in regards to sustainability. References Buck Institute. (2014). Retrieved from Elmore, Richard. Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning. Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2009. Heick, T. (2012). The Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. Teach Thought. Retrieved from Title: "I Had Made a Mistake": William H. Kilpatrick and the Project Method Journal: Teachers College record [0161-4681] Knoll, Michael yr:2012 vol:114 iss:2 -Vol.114(2)
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