Abstract

Object lessons are a flexible mode of pedagogy that was popular in the second half of the nineteenth century in schoolrooms throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. This category of lesson relied on material things—“objects”—and images to convey information to children about the senses and sense perception as well as about geography, natural history, industry, commodities, and religion. In an ideal object lesson, teachers were to move from the specific to the abstract, starting with the study of a material thing and circling outward to encompass its possible meanings. This short “Object Lesson” emulates this nineteenth-century pedagogy in its focus on a particular material example of this historic classroom practice.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1941-3599
Print ISSN
1939-6724
Pages
pp. 7-12
Launched on MUSE
2010-01-21
Open Access
No
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