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URN etd-0822101-145855
Author Yu-han Huang
Author's Email Address selenehh@ms44.url.com.tw
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Department Foreign Language and Literature
Year 2000
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title Wordsworth and Nineteenth-Century English Educational Reform
Date of Defense 2001-06-28
Page Count 113
Keyword
  • new historicism
  • The Excursion
  • William Wordsworth
  • education
  • rural community
  • Abstract This thesis adopts a historical point of view to analyze Wordsworth’s concept of education in relation to nineteenth-century English educational reform. In the nineteenth century, mass education, following the pace of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, became an indispensable social issue. Among the diverse educational reform movements, Joseph Lancaster and Andrew Bell’s monitorial system was most prominent in that they provided a pedagogy that utilized teaching assistants to achieve efficiency and sufficiency in a large classroom and thus fulfilled the need of large-quantitative education of the age. Featured by efficiency, sufficiency, and materialism, the monitorial system best embodies the spirit of the Industrial Age. On the other hand, Wordsworth insisted on a community-based educational philosophy that urged people of his age to cherish old moral concepts such as harmonious, affectionate, and cooperative communal spirit inherent in traditional rural communities. The poet, representing the eighteenth-century rural tradition, observed with anxiety those children raised in an materialistic atmosphere. He delineates in his major works, especially The Excursion, a social vision that provides the best environment for the development and education of a spiritually mature man in which nature, man, and society are incorporated into a harmonious unity. This insistence on the old rural tradition distanced Wordsworth from his contemporary educational reformers and caused him to withdraw from his original support of the monitorial system.
    Advisory Committee
  • Tien-en Kao - chair
  • Shu-Fang Lai - co-chair
  • Yu-san Yu - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2001-08-22

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