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From Origin to Modernity: A Brief History of American School Design

  • Joseph da Silva
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Abstract

To make legible the norms of nineteenth century American schooling, this chapter outlines the history of the school design nexus, carefully locating its nineteenth century politics and considering the kind of student its different configurations anticipate. It unpacks this history across four sections in nineteenth century school design. It explores the first known structure used for knowledge transfer in America; the theological school design of early Puritan settlers; America’s first public schools; the traditionalist (Enlightenment-inspired) school design; and the school designs inspired by advances in science, mathematics, and technology and increasingly predicated upon efficiency and vocational training, and tracing its legacies up to the early twentieth century.

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  • Joseph da Silva
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  1. 1.Bristol Community CollegeTivertonUSA

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