The American State Normal School

An Instrument of Great Good

Authors: Ogren, C.

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The American State Normal School is the first comprehensive history of the state normal schools in the United States. Although nearly two-hundred state colleges and regional universities throughout the U.S. began as 'normal' schools, the institutions themselves have buried their history, and scholars have largely overlooked them. As these institutions later became state colleges and/or regional universities, they distanced themselves from the low status of elementary-literally erasing physical evidence of their normal-school past. In doing so, they buried the rich history of generations of students for whom attending normal school was an enriching, and sometimes life-changing experience. Focusing on these students, the first wave of 'non-traditional' students in higher education, The American State Normal School is a much-needed re-examination of the state normal school.This book was subject of an annual History of Education Society panel for best new books in the field.

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CHRISTINE A. OGREN is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Iowa, USA. She was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral Fellow, and has contributed essays to prestigious publications such as the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Education, Encyclopedia of the Midwest, Journal of Higher Education, and History of Education Quarterly.

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"The America State Normal School represents an important contribution to the historiography of higher education, and significantly expands our understanding of the relationship between teacher education and gender issues." - Linda Eisenmann, John Carroll University

"A significant contribution to the literature in the history of

American education . . . this book is amazingly well researched . . . a first

rate addition to any history of education course." - James W. Fraser, Professor of History and Education, Northeastern University


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: “It wasn’t Much of a College”

    Pages 1-5

    Ogren, Christine A.

  • “To Awaken the Conscience”: Establishing Teacher Education and State Normal Schools

    Pages 9-52

    Ogren, Christine A.

  • “The Masses and Not the Classes”: A Tradition of Welcoming Nontraditional Students

    Pages 55-83

    Ogren, Christine A.

  • “Substantial Branches of Learning” and “A Higher Degree of Culture”: Academic Studies and Intellectual Life

    Pages 85-119

    Ogren, Christine A.

  • Teacher Education: Breathing “The Ozone of Teaching”

    Pages 121-150

    Ogren, Christine A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The American State Normal School
Book Subtitle
An Instrument of Great Good
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7910-0
DOI
10.1057/9781403979100
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6837-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6838-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 310
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