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Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Sally Kohlstedt

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.001.0001
Subject:
Education, History of Education

In the early twentieth century, a curriculum known as nature study flourished in major city school systems, streetcar suburbs, small towns, and even rural one-room schools. This object-based approach ... More


Forging an Institutional Base

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0008
Subject:
Education, History of Education

The launch of the Nature-Study Review in 1905 by Maurice A. Bigelow, a faculty member at Teachers College in New York City, marked the high point of the nature study movement. This chapter explores ... More


Deliberating Theory, Texts, and Topics

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0006
Subject:
Education, History of Education

A basic premise of nature study was that its methods were fundamentally different from the older reliance on rote memorization, but the prescription for what should be substituted was less clear. ... More


Reframing and Extending Nature Study

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0009
Subject:
Education, History of Education

Contemporary and historical accounts of nature study's demise have underestimated the staying power of the programs introduced under its auspices, despite the painful decline of the organizational ... More


Revitalizing Farm and Country Living

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0005
Subject:
Education, History of Education

The expansion of the Agricultural Experiment Station in New York enabled faculty to work with farmers on specific problems and to improve their methods. Extending this mission to families and ... More


. Nature Study, Degeneration, and the Problem of Poetry

Robin G. Schulze

in The Degenerate Muse: American Nature, Modernist Poetry, and the Problem of Cultural Hygiene

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199920327
eISBN:
9780199345625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199920327.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Criticism/Theory

The Nature Study movement in America grew out of a Progressive Era desire to make the public education of American children immediate and relevant. No sooner had Nature Study made inroads into the ... More


Establishing Professional Identities

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0007
Subject:
Education, History of Education

Introducing nature study into the curriculum at the turn of the century was simultaneously challenging and exhilarating as normal schools, school systems, and individual teachers experimented with ... More


Devising a Curriculum for Nature Study

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0003
Subject:
Education, History of Education

The new educational psychology and philosophy of education found a sometimes uneasy home in new research universities such as Clark University and the University of Chicago. The faculty involved with ... More


Framing Nature Study for the Cities

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0004
Subject:
Education, History of Education

Nature study in New York City was not accomplished in a single, tidy step, nor was it exclusively involved with natural objects. Nature study became one of several programs intended to ameliorate the ... More


Introduction

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0001
Subject:
Education, History of Education

The nature study movement was deeply rooted in the American enthusiasm for the natural sciences and was spurred by a deepening commitment to education for all children. The nature study outlook ... More


The Study of Nature as Vaishnava-Yoga

Jonathan B. Edelmann

in Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhagavata Purana and Contemporary Theory

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199641543
eISBN:
9780191732232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641543.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religious Studies

Explains how and why the study of the natural world is important within the Bhāgavata Purāṇa’s theology and practice, arguing that the text sees the development of an analytic and quantitative ... More


Conclusion

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0010
Subject:
Education, History of Education

The central aim of nature study leaders as they sought to introduce their curriculum to elementary and grammar school pupils was to acquaint children with nature firsthand, equipping each individual ... More


Educating with Nature's Own Book

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt

in Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study in North America, 1890-1930

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226449906
eISBN:
9780226449920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226449920.003.0002
Subject:
Education, History of Education

Historians have focused more on schools and exceptional educators in urban areas than on the one- and two-room district schools prevalent until well into the twentieth century. Despite Abbott's ... More


Nature, Conservation, and Modern Manhood

Benjamin René Jordan

in Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: "Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627656
eISBN:
9781469627670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627656.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Throughout the United States, early Boy Scout officials relied heavily on highly-structured camping and hiking experiences like the Pine Tree Patrol method, Nature Study and its scientific ... More


“A Vision of the Future”:: The New Museum Idea and Display Reform, 1890–1915

Karen A. Rader and Victoria E. M. Cain

in Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226079660
eISBN:
9780226079837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226079837.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Between the 1890s and the 1910s, a young generation of reformers inspired by a transnational movement known as “the New Museum Idea” agreed that natural history museums had a social responsibility to ... More


Studying Nature

in Regimens of the Mind: Boyle, Locke, and the Early Modern Cultura Animi Tradition

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226116396
eISBN:
9780226116419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226116419.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter examines how regimen idea informs inquirers' positions relative to the study of nature, with its natural philosophical and natural theological dimensions. The focuses of the analysis is ... More


The Nature Study Movement at Cornell University; A Journey South to Study Spiders

Anna Botsford Comstock

Karen Penders St. Clair (ed.)

in The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501716270
eISBN:
9781501716294
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter details Anna Botsford Comstock's early days in the nature study education movement. She joined several key figures—Alice McCloskey, Julia Rogers, and Mary Rogers Miller—who were already ... More


A Gateway to Science for All: Celebrate Urban Birds

Karen Purcell, Cecilia Garibay, and Janis L. Dickinson

in Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449116
eISBN:
9780801463952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449116.003.0014
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter discusses the importance of audience diversification and the removal of barriers to citizen science participation by underserved audiences. More specifically, it explores ways to achieve ... More


Polemos and the Revolution of Politics

Gregory Fried

in Heidegger's Polemos: From Being to Politics

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300080384
eISBN:
9780300133271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300080384.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter studies Heidegger's thoughts on politics, particularly his political philosophy. Although his defenders would conclude that nothing resembling “political philosophy” could be found in ... More


Designing on-site activities

Susan K. Jacobson, Mallory D. McDuff, and Martha C. Monroe

in Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198716686
eISBN:
9780191797477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716686.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Biodiversity / Conservation Biology

On-site activities can enhance first-hand experiences with natural areas by orienting, informing, and stimulating visitors. The development of on-site activities considers the visitor experience, the ... More


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