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The beginning of schooling - as we know it?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Univ Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, Midlothian, Scotland; Univ Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Lanark, Scotland; Univ Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, Merseyside, England.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Curriculum Studies, ISSN 0022-0272, E-ISSN 1366-5839, Vol. 47, no 5, 577-593 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This essay offers an account of the beginnings of modern schooling. The Latin word schola began to mean school' in the nineth century. But early practices associated with this newly distinct social phenomenon took several centuries to become codified, institutionalized and recognized. Until that happened, school was a label or brand-image used by purveyors of learning. Ideas about unified activity, method, order, discipline and efficiency formed the foundation of institutional codification. Beginning in the Renaissance and strengthened in the Reformation, codification reached a highpoint in the preparation of Comenius' Didactica Magna in the middle of the seventeenth century. And these assumptions about standardization and normalization have continued to nourish the appeal of modern schooling for at least another 300years.

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2015. Vol. 47, no 5, 577-593 p.
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schooling, history, standardization, normalization
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120317DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2015.1052851ISI: 000369770200001OAI: diva2:928682
Available from: 2016-05-16 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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