Educational Influence?

Those of you with some knowledge of Education history write a short paragraph stating whether you think Dickens’s picture of the mid-nineteenth Century classroom is exaggerated or is true to what was happening at the time.

As an education student, I believe that the way the classroom has been laid out is an important factor in a child’s learning. Despite the fact that the units I am currently studying, doesn’t involve the history of what an educational setting looked like in the past, this does bring me back to the primary school days where we went on an excursion and had an actual insight into what a classroom looked like in the past.

From what I can remember, it did look similar to the photo above, where the students were sitting in rows like this, except we were told that there would be more than one grade in each classroom. The only thing I notice, but can not identify are the small boxes each student has on their section of the long desks (maybe like a cup full of stationary maybe). But other than that, this photo, I believe that this is a true representation of a classroom setting in the 19th century.

However, I don’t really like this idea of setting a classroom like this, especially in the modern days. While this is good for some aspects of learning, I personally believe that the tables should be laid out differently, in a way where it allows some sort of group discussion, rather than just a lecture feeling classroom. However, in this situation, it is a bit difficult to enforce this for two reasons. The first one being that due to having multiple grades in the same classroom, it does limit the amount of conversation of group work in the classroom, as it is a possibility that they could be learning different things for each grade. The second is the size of the tables, and trying to fit them in a limited space, trying to involve classroom discussion will be more difficult than today’s classroom setting.

Classroom setting is important, and it can have an impact on the students learning. In terms of the classroom setting in the photo above, it is both historically accurate, yet not actually the best way of teaching a class, however the best for that tie period.

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3 thoughts on “Educational Influence?

  1. brittneywebster2106 says:

    Hi Joshua,
    I love that you have mentioned how the children are sitting within the classroom. It speaks to me, especially because Pr. Griffith always has us in a horse shoe type shape. At first I found this intimidating, however it now is so much easier to be able to have a discussion with the whole class. I even took this idea so far as to use it in my presentation for an education unit. It simply allows people to get involved and that is something that these children, like Louise from the novel have missed out on. They did not get to have basic discussions like we do, it was all based on fact rather than real life experiences. I like that you have included a photo also to enhance your idea. I have nothing to correct overall, only that I might’ve mentioned a little bit about Dickens and his actual thoughts on it as well. However, overall a great blog post. Keep the great work up!

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  2. marijasimonovska says:

    Hi Joshua,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog entry for this week. The best part of this was that you included your own personal experience which was also very eye-opening. Your observations were very clear and analytical which allowed me to reflect on their sitting arrangements, the boxes, the desks and also to add to that, their uniforms. It is also interesting to see that they do not seem happy or look like they are enjoying school but rather miserable which is sad. I loved your idea about open discussions because that is one of my favorite ways of learning and a strategy that I plan to implement in my classroom when I become a teacher. One thing which is very different is that they did not look much at classroom space and sizing compared to today where they are careful not to overpopulate the rooms. Education has certainly improved over the decades, there is no denying that! The only thing that I would suggest is to include more of Dickens in your analysis as this question is directly related to him as well as the contextual background of the novel. Overall, this is a great entry 🙂

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