The enlightenment revolution: A historical study of positive change through science teacher education

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The impact of Pestalozzian theory as embodied in object teaching was only significantly felt in America when teacher-education institutions began teaching the spirit and techniques of this method. Sheldon and his colleagues helped spread object teaching across America by utilizing inservice teacher education, preservice teacher education, a Practice School, and education of teacher educators. This enlightenment in education shifted the instructional focus to the child, stressing activity and concrete experiences, rather than dull rote memorization. Elementary school science evolved from object teaching, and methods of science instruction were influenced by the object teaching movement. Educational reform may never again occur as swiftly or as dramatically; however, the message is clear: Significant, meaningful change can occur in schools through teacher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Science Teacher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes


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