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Davidson's Influence on Educational Historiography

  • Harry Hutton (a1) and Philip Kalisch (a2)


For the group “firmly shaping the historical study of American education,” at the turn of this century, “the seminal book, marking ‘an epoch in the conception of educational history in English,’ was A History of Education written by … Thomas Davidson.”



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1. See Brickman, William W., “Revisionism and the Study of the History of Education,” History of Education Quarterly , IV (December, 1964), 209222. Also see Cremin, Lawrence A., The Wonderful World of Ellwood Cubberley (New York: Teachers College Bureau of Publications, Columbia University, 1965).

2. Bailyn, Bernard, Education in the Forming of American Society (New York: Vintage Books, 1960), p. 10.

3. “History of Education,” Vol. 3, p. 296.

4. In Educational Review , XX (December, 1900), 522525.

5. Ibid. , p. 523.

6. Ibid. , p. 524.

7. Monroe, Paul, A Text-Book in the History of Education (New York: Macmillan Co., 1909), p. 268.

8. Vide unsigned article in The Athenaeum , Dec. 22, 1900, p. 817.

9. Anderson, Lewis F., “A History of Education,” Journal of Pedagogy , XIII (October, 1900), 154.

10. “Textbooks on History,” The Independent , LII (August 2, 1900), 1870.

11. Seeley, Levi, History of Education (New York: American Book Company, 1900).

12. “Briefs on New Books,” The Dial , XXIX (September 16, 1900), 182.

13. Ibid.

14. Moore, Ernest C., “History of Education,” School Review , XI (May, 1903), 357358.

15. Ibid. , p. 358.

16. Norton, A. O., “Scope and Aims of the History of Education,” Educational Review , XXVII (May, 1904), 446.

17. Ibid. , pp. 446447.

18. Stoutmeyer, J. H., “Teaching of the History of Education in Normal Schools,” School and Society , VII (May 18, 1918), 577.

19. Ibid.

20. Davidson, Thomas, A History of Education (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900), p. v.

21. Stoutmeyer, , op. cit. , p. 576.

22. Ibid.

23. Rich, Stephen G., “Wanted: A Better History of Education,” Educational Administration and Supervision , XI (April 1925), 239.

24. Ibid.

25. Perdew, Philip W., “History of Education and the Educational Professions”, The Educational Forum (March 1948), pp. 311–23.

26. Ibid. , p. 213.

27. Ibid. , pp. 314, 318.

28. Cremin, Lawrence, “Recent Development of the History of Education as a Field of Study in the United States,” History of Education Journal , VII (Fall 1955), pp. 135.

29. Knight, Edgar W., “History of Education,” in Monroe, Walter S. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Research (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940), pp. 580–84; Knight, Edgar W., “History of Education,” in Monroe, Walter S. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Research (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1950), pp. 551-56; Borrowman, Merle L., “History of Education,” in Harris, Chester W. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Research (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1960), pp. 661-68.

30. Bailyn, , op. cit.

31. Andrews, Charles M., Review of Edward Eggleston, The Transit of Civilization in Political Science Quarterly , XVII (March 1902), 162–66.

32. See review by Wendell, Barrett, The American Historical Review , VI (July 1901), pp. 802–5. For an elaboration of the significance of these reviews in relation to Eggleston himself see Randel, William Peirce, Edward Eggleston (New York: King's Crown Press, 1946), pp. 225-28.

33. In his Syllabus of Lectures on the History of Education (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1904).

34. Ibid. , Vol. I, p. 2.

35. Ibid. , p. 96.

36. Cubberley, Ellwood P., Public Education in the United States (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1919), p. 49.

37. Cubberley Syllabus, op cit., pp. 342–43, 354.

38. Sears, Jesse B. and Henderson, Adin D., Cubberley of Stanford (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1957), p. 108.

39. The available literature on Davidson includes: Abbot, Florence Arvidson, “Thomas Davidson and His Educational Ministry” (unpublished Master's thesis, Clark University, 1948); Lindsley, Charles B., “The Educational Philosophy of Thomas Davidson” (unpublished Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 1926). Armytage, W. H. G., “Thomas Davidson, Anglo-American Educator,” History of Education Journal, II (Spring 1951), 75-79. More recently John Roemischer of Brooklyn College and Albert Lataner of New York Community College have been carrying on extensive research. See Roemischer's unpublished Doctoral dissertation, “A Synthetic Interpretation of the Technical and Educational Philosophy of Thomas Davidson, 1840-1900,” New York University, 1966.

40. James, William, “A Knight-Errant of the Intellectual Life,” McClure's Magazine , XXV (May 1905), 311.

41. Borrowman, , op. cit. , p. 661.

42. Nash, Paul, “History of Education,” Review of Educational Research , XXXIV (February 1964), 6.

43. Ibid. , p. 5.


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