Ch 2: Pioneers of Education

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about the contributions of Mary McLeod Bethune, Horace Mann, Margaret Haley and other pioneers of education. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these education topics.

Pioneers of Education - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Education has come a long way from the 1-room schoolhouse often associated with the earliest forms of teaching in America. In this chapter, our instructors introduce you to some of the individuals responsible for shaping education as we know it today. Study these reformers' efforts to create educational opportunities for African Americans, women and people of every socioeconomic status, as well as their attempts to design a more effective curriculum. Lessons in this chapter explore these education pioneers' impact on the following:

  • Educational philosophies
  • Teaching methods
  • Access to education

Video Objectives
Jane Addams' Impact on Education Get a short biography of Jane Addams. Assess the impact of her social reform efforts on education.
Mary McLeod Bethune: Facts & Impact on Education Learn how Mary McLeod Bethune's civil rights activism opened up new educational opportunities for African Americans.
John Dewey on Education: Impact & Theory Study the effects of John Dewey's philosophical views on education reform.
W.E.B. DuBois: Facts & Impact on Education Survey W.E.B. DuBois's arguments for equal access to education for African Americans.
Margaret Haley's Impact on Education Examine Margaret Haley's political activism. Assess the impact of her efforts to organize teachers' unions.
Thomas Jefferson's Views on Education Survey key ideas in Thomas Jefferson's views on education.
Horace Mann's Impact on Education Explore the outcomes of Horace Mann's efforts to establish public schools and teacher training institutes.
Maria Montessori: Theory & Contributions to Education Consider Maria Montessori's contributions to pedagogy.
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi: Theory & Impact on Education Learn about some of the ideas informing Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi's teaching philosophy. Explore his influence on education.
Booker T. Washington's Views on Education Survey Booker T. Washington's teaching philosophy and his views on education.
Noah Webster's Impact on Education Assess the educational impact of Noah Webster's school readers, grammar textbooks and spellers.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Pioneers of Education
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Jane Addams' Impact on Education

1. Jane Addams' Impact on Education

Jane Addams serves as an outstanding example of how compassion and dedication can be used to support others. In this lesson, we will provide a brief background of her life but more specifically an in-depth look at her impact on education in the U.S.

Mary McLeod Bethune: Facts & Impact on Education

2. Mary McLeod Bethune: Facts & Impact on Education

The daughter of former slaves, Mary McLeod Bethune was a revolutionary educator, civil rights activist, presidential advisor, and leader. In this video, we will take a brief look at her life and her lasting impact on American education.

John Dewey on Education: Impact & Theory

3. John Dewey on Education: Impact & Theory

John Dewey is one of the most influential thinkers in the history of modern educational theory. In this video, we will briefly explore his philosophical position and how his ideas have impacted education for decades.

W.E.B. DuBois: Facts & Impact on Education

4. W.E.B. DuBois: Facts & Impact on Education

W.E.B. DuBois was one of the most influential thinkers and activists of the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a champion for civil rights, a renowned scholar, and an extraordinary educator. In this video, we will look at his life and his lasting impact on the field of education.

Margaret Haley's Impact on Education

5. Margaret Haley's Impact on Education

Educator, organizer, and leader Margaret Haley spent her life fighting for teachers' rights through her leadership of the Chicago Teachers Federation. In this video, we will take a look at her legacy and lasting impact on public education.

Thomas Jefferson's Views on Education

6. Thomas Jefferson's Views on Education

You probably know that Thomas Jefferson was a founding father, the drafter of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president of the United States. However, did you know Jefferson also had a great impact on education? In this lesson, we will take a look at how his views impacted American education.

Horace Mann's Impact on Education

7. Horace Mann's Impact on Education

Horace Mann was an American education reformer credited with founding the Common School Movement, which was instrumental in the development of a system of public education. In this lesson, we will explore Mann's contributions to public education in America.

Maria Montessori: Theory & Contributions to Education

8. Maria Montessori: Theory & Contributions to Education

Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori's unique approach to education has been influencing the field since the early 1900s. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of her innovative methods as well as evaluate her impact on modern education.

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi: Theory & Impact on Education

9. Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi: Theory & Impact on Education

A Swiss education reformer, Pestalozzi encouraged an approach to education that focused on the whole child. In this video, we will take a look at how his contributions and philosophy have had lasting effects.

Booker T. Washington's Views on Education

10. Booker T. Washington's Views on Education

Booker T. Washington was the founder of the renowned Tuskegee University, a dedicated activist, and a driven educator. In this video, we will take a look at his life, legacy, and impact on education.

Noah Webster's Impact on Education

11. Noah Webster's Impact on Education

You may know Noah Webster from his creation of the popular dictionary, but there is much more to Webster. In this video, we will take a brief look at Webster's life and his impact on American education.

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