Joseph Lancaster. Theorist Presentation Kristine L. Watkins Wilkes University ED 530 – Utilizing Technologies to Improve Learning Dr. Richard W. Clark. Joseph Lancaster. (1778 – 1838) Founder of the monitorial system of education and a pioneer of teacher education. Background.
Kristine L. Watkins
ED 530 – Utilizing Technologies to Improve Learning
Dr. Richard W. Clark
(1778 – 1838)
Founder of the monitorial system of education and a pioneer of teacher education.
“The ideal classroom (hall) would be a parallelogram, the length about twice the width. The windows were to be six feet from the floor. The floor should be inclined, rising one foot in twenty from the master's desk to the upper end of the room, where the highest class is situated. The master's desk is on the middle of a platform two to three feet high, erected at the lower end of the room. Forms and desks, fixed firmly to the ground, occupy the middle of the room, a passage being left between the ends of the forms and the wall, five or six feet broad, where the children form semicircles for reading.”
Even though this system of teaching was considered a failure, it did much to pave the way for future educational endeavors in the realm of public education. Fine-tuning in the way of more competency in the teaching ranks and a smaller teacher-student ratio was on the way.
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