The A-Z of Education: The History of Education

In this series, I hope to guide you in acquiring the vocabulary that you need to know to be considered a competent education professional. In this article, we will discuss education vocabulary centered on the history of education.

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American Spelling Book was the name given to the 1783 publication designed to promote nationalism following the Revolutionary War. The book included moral lessons, word lists, and guides to pronunciation, as well as the change from British to American spellings.

Abstraction refers to the act of taking something away, or separating something from something else, though not necessarily with a decrease in complexity.

De jure refers to an occurrence or phenomenon sanctioned and supported by formalized legislature.

De facto refers to an occurrence or phenomenon existing in reality, particularly in the absence of any formalized legislature.

Equality refers to the state of being the same or equal.

Equity refers to impartiality, or the state of being fair and free of prejudice.

McGuffey Readers One of the most popular and widely used textbooks in history. While not overtly religious, the books emphasized moral lessons and were intended to develop students into good citizens.

New England Primer was an illustrated textbook comprised of religious readings used in schools during the colonial period.

Progressive Education Movement was a reform movement in education which began in the 1880s and lasted over 60 years. The progressive movement emphasized learning by doing and the creation of curricula to suit children’s interests.

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