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Romanticism and Education by David Halpin


Romanticism and Education by David Halpin

In this original book, David Halpin argues that an understanding of the Romantic roots of progressive education is a necessary condition for restoring to critical consciousness some important, but currently neglected, basic ideas about teaching and learning - ideas about the importance of imaginative experience and its promotion; ideas about the high status that should be conferred on childhood; ideas about the importance of love and friendship in schooling; ideas about the positive role that heroism can play in making learning more effective; and ideas about viewing teaching as a critical vocation. These themes are pursued in separate chapters, each of which is illuminated by reference to the literary and intellectual contributions of four nineteenth century English Romantic writers: William Hazlitt, William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and William Blake. This well-written and illuminating book will stimulate fresh thinking about pedagogic reform. It will be interesting reading for those studying for Masters and Doctoral degrees in education as well as academics, researchers and policy-makers working in the same field.

About the Author

David Halpin is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is the author of four books (Routledge, Open UP, Kogan Page, Trentham); editor of the London Review of Education.

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Publication date

7th June 2007


David Halpin

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


170 pages


Philosophy & theory of education



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