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Palgrave Macmillan

Pestalozzi and the Educationalization of the World

ISBN 9781137371829
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) transformed education theory and practice throughout the world. In this masterful work, Daniel Tröhler shows how Pestalozzi's work and influence should be understood as part of the larger "educationalization of the world" at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century, just as republican ideas and movements were sweeping through Europe. Tröhler deftly connects Pestalozzi's work to the social problems and concerns of the time, which were beginning to be understood as educational problems and treated with educational remedies. Based on new research and sources, including the recent publication of some 2,500 letters sent to Pestalozzi, this work reconstructs Pestalozzi's passive and active role in the making of the educationalized world, first in Europe and then overseas.

Daniel Tröhler is Professor in Educational Sciences and Director of the Languages, Culture, Media and Identities research unit at the University of Luxembourg, where he also serves as the Director of the Doctoral School in Educational Sciences. His latest book, Languages of Education: Protestant Legacies, National Identities, and Global Aspirations was awarded AERA Outstanding Book of the Year Award in 2012.

1. The Educationalization of Social Problems Around 1800
2. Zurich Around 1750: Economic and Cultural Boom and Revolutionary Activities
3. The Development and Early Fate of a Republican Revolutionary
4. The Christian Republic, Enlightenment, and Coercive Education
5. The American and the French Republics, German Idealism, and the Principle of Inwardness
6. The Helvetic Republic and the Discovery of 'the Method'
7. Propaganda and Institutional Success
8. European Demands for New Education: Political, National, Private
9. Pestalozzi's Charisma, a Guarantee of Success and a Problem
10. Public Critique, Restoration, Pestalozzi's Lonesome End, and the Beginning of Modern Mass Education
11. The Educationalized World and the Internationalization of the Cult of Pestalozzi
12. Pestalozzi, or an Ambiguous Legacy in Education


"This book provides a brief and authoritative introduction to the extraordinary career of Johan Heinrich Pestalozzi, the Swiss educator who was the rock star of educational reform at the turn of the 19th century. Its strengths are many. It is based on a rich array of new materials that were discovered, analyzed, and published by scholars at the Pestalozzian Institute in Zurich, which was long headed by the author. It takes an appreciative but critical view of Pestalozzi, noting that his skills as a self-promoter were even greater than his skills as an educator. It connects the Pestalozzi phenomenon with the new literature on the way in which the rise of schooling in the 19th century has led to the educationalization of modern society. And its author, Daniel Tröhler – as the leading expert on Pestalozzi and a major scholar of the history of schooling – is the only person who could write it with clarity, interpretive depth, and academic authority." - David F. Labaree, Professor of Education, Stanford University, USA
"A European historian of American education once expressed to me that while much attention is given to Dewey, Thorndike and Horace Mann as the heroes of the school, the Swiss Pestalozzi deserves much greater attention. Daniel Tröhler, one of the pre-eminent historians of education, makes this importance evident. Woven into cultural, religious, political and social histories, Pestalozzi's biography is read comparatively and in a manner that offers an innovative approach to the history of education. Tröhler elegantly explores how Pestalozzi's giving childhood a 'nature' tied to methods of teaching made possible the role of the modern school that continues today; that is, the site for solving social questions and pedagogy as the expression of political and moral principles." - Thomas S. Popkewitz, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
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