The Grand Regulator: The Miseducation of Nova Scotia's Teachers, 1838-1997

The Grand Regulator: The Miseducation of Nova Scotia's Teachers, 1838-1997

by George D. Perry


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The first full-length study of the historical failure of teacher education in Canada.

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ISBN-13: 9780773541818
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

George D. Perry has held faculty positions in teacher education at universities in Canada, China, and Papua New Guinea, and has taught in secondary schools in Zambia and Canada. He lives in Halifax.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures vii

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Introduction: Teacher Training: "So Little for the Mind"? 3

Part 1 Teacher Training as "Grand Regulator": Establishing a Provincial Normal School, 1838-69

1 "The Grand Regulator": The Normal School Idea in Nova Scotia 25

2 "A Humiliating Defeat" and a Pyrrhic Victory: The Normal School Bill of 1854 48

3 "Several Pounds in Arrears": Training Begins at the Provincial Normal School 64

4 "The Scylla and Charybdis of Politics and Denominationalism": The Normal School and Its Critics 88

Part 2 Beyond "The Mere Giving of Knowledge": The Elusive Balance Between Scholarship and Training, 1870-1926

5 "A Democracy of Education": Schooling and Teachers for the Children of the "Labouring Masses" 109

6 The Normal School's "Duality of Function": Pedagogy and Teachers' General Education 131

7 "The Chloroforming Effect" of Popular Education: Training for Rural Teachers 156

Part 3 Training as a Woman's Story, 1870-1961: The Licensing, Training, and Education of Women Teachers

8 "A Concession to Circumstances": An "Unlimited Supply" of Women Teachers 185

9 "You Took What You Could Get": Why Women (and Men) Taught 214

10 "The Household Life of the Normal School": The "Normalization" of Teaching 241

Part 4 Conclusion: 1961-97

11 Haunted by Its Origins: Provincial Teacher Training after 142 Years 277

Appendix: The Regulation and Training of Teachers: A Chronology 301

A Note on Sources 309

Notes 311

Bibliography 359

Index 375

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