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An Educational Pilgrimage to the United States. Un pèlerinage psycho-pédagogique aux États-Unis.

Travel Diary of Raymond Buyse, 1922. Carnet de voyage de Raymond Buyse, 1922.

Marc Depaepe ; Lieven D'hulst

Publication Year: 2011

In 1922, a young Belgian ‘pedologist' named Raymond Buyse accompanied the famous Dr. Ovide Decroly on a study tour of the United States of America. They met with well-known American professors to learn more about the ‘scientific' study of the child and especially about applied American psychology. Buyse noted his impressions of the trip in a diary. These are scribbles, sometimes difficult to decipher, written on loose sheets, held together by a ring binder. They reflect the culture shock experienced by Buyse in confronting this dazzling nation. The young scholar writes in a lively style and with humour about his meetings with the ‘great' psychologists and educationalists of that time, visualizing his impressions of the land and the people with little drawings in the text. Here the record of this fascinating scholarly and cultural encounter is published for the first time, both in the original French with an English translation. In their exhaustive introduction Marc Depaepe and Lieven D'hulst explain the historical context of this both personal and intellectual journey to the present-day reader.

Published by: Leuven University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Series Page

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pp. 1-4

Table des matières

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Les archives universitaires de la K.U.Leuven possèdent un curieux document. Il s’agit des notes de voyage du futur professeur Raymond Buyse, qui se rendit aux États-Unis au printemps 1922 , en compagnie de la figure de proue de l’éducation nouvelle en Belgique, à savoir Ovide Decroly.1 Ce sont des gribouillis, parfois ...

Note sur le texte

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J’écrirai ça, plus tard, quand le temps me le permettra… Il y a là matière à un joli film ralenti. J’ai toute une collection de pantins précieusement confiée à ma mémoire et que j’exhumerai à ton intention durant nos bonnes soirées de l’hiver prochain197 ...

An Educational Pilgrimage to the United States

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Table of Contents

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The university archives of K.U.Leuven are in possession of a curious document. It contains the travel notes of a future professor, Raymond Buyse, who went to the United States in the spring of 1922, accompanied by the figurehead of new education in Belgium, Ovide Decroly.1 These are scribbles, sometimes ...

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I. Historical Background

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As a science, pedagogy has been characterised by a wide range of trends since its emergence at the end of the eighteenth century. 11 Education and teaching have been, since the Enlightenment, the object of different social projects, philosophical and ideological, which resulted, especially in light of the objectives, ...

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II. The Narrative of the Journey

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pp. 47-63

Since the mid-nineteenth century, America has exercised an almost unceasing fascination on the European imagination. Successively fed by the mirages of Eldorado and technological civilisation, this fascination reached a peak after the First World War: it resonated with the best of the very pronounced modernist ...

A Note on the Text

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E-ISBN-13: 9789461661227
Print-ISBN-13: 9789058678751

Page Count: 150
Publication Year: 2011

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  • Developmental psychology -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
  • Child psychology -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
  • Educational psychology -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
  • Decroly, Ovide, 1871-1932 -- Travel -- United States.
  • Child psychologists -- Belgium -- Diaries.
  • Educational psychologists -- Belgium -- Diaries.
  • Buyse, Raymond, 1889-1975 -- Diaries.
  • Buyse, Raymond, 1889-1975 -- Travel -- United States.
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