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date: 18 April 2024

Pedagogical Renewal and Teacher Training in Spain in the Early 20th Centurylocked

Pedagogical Renewal and Teacher Training in Spain in the Early 20th Centurylocked

  • Jordi Garcia FarreroJordi Garcia FarreroUniversitat de Barcelona, Department of Educational Theory and History
  •  and Àngel Pascual MartínÀngel Pascual MartínUniversitat de Barcelona, Department of Educational Theory and History

Summary

What type of institutions prevailed in teacher training in Europe during the first decades of the 20th century? What was the reception of the German, French, or English models in Spain? What type of dialogue did Spanish teachers establish with the Escuela Nueva movement? What pedagogical elements were adopted to configure a new type of teacher, accounting for the different situations of the time? There is no doubt that teacher training, throughout the period mentioned, became one of the main educational and political issues. Teachers were among the fundamental actors, together with the pupils and the contents to be transmitted; the aim was that educational practices typical of the pedagogical renewal movement would take place in schools. Thus, a generation of innovative teachers had the opportunity, thanks to a scholarship from the Junta para la Ampliación de Estudios e Investigaciones Científicas (1907–1939), to attend different teacher training colleges in Europe. This is fundamental for understanding the creation of the Escuela de Estudios Superiores del Magisterio (1909–1932) and, of course, the Plan Profesional of the Republican government (1932–1939). In short, the main innovations coming from the European movements of pedagogical renewal in the field of teacher training are those related to the incorporation of a non-encyclopedic general culture and pedagogical training, either theoretical, as in the history of education courses, or practical, by learning a wide range of new teaching methods.

Subjects

  • Education, Cultures, and Ethnicities
  • Educational History

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