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The Historical Antecedents of Early Childhood Education


by Marvin Lazerson — 1972

Each of three themes of childhood education in the U.S.—the ethic of social reform, the uniqueness and importance of childhood, and the reform of educational practices— has had a variety of manifestations. Occasionally one theme has dominated a particular debate; often the themes are hardly distinguishable. As a group, however, they have appeared consistently, and they have shaped the development of early childhood education in the United States.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 71, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 6, 1972, p. 33-53
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19507, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 11:39:01 AM

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  • Marvin Lazerson
    Harvard University
    MARVIN LAZERSON is an Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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