Foundations of Progressive Education: The History of the National Froebel Society

By Joachim Liebschner

The story of how a handful of young women changed British education by following the philosophy of the German educationalist, Friedrich Froebel.

ISBN: 9780718828356


This is the story of a handful of people who changed British Education. These people, mostly young women, were members of a society which tried to put into practice the educational philosophy and principles of Friedrich Froebel. Following his ideas, they believed that a child’s intellectual, spiritual and physical development came about through the child’s own endeavours, that play was an integral part of the learning process and that every child, regardless of ability, was important.

Through their founding of the Kindergarten movement in Great Britain, and through constant lobbying of successive ministers of education, these women and their society, The National Froebel Society, were able without doubt to fundamentally influence the evolution of education in this country.

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Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 176

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About the Author

Joachim Liebschner has been working in the field of education for over 40 years, and has taught in primary schools and universities. He has been an external examiner for the theory and practice of education for London University and Froebel College, University of Dublin. He has lectured on Froebel in the USA, Ireland and Malta, has been involved in the National Froebel Foundation of which he is a Trustee.



1. Friedrich Froebel – The Man and His Ideas
2. The First Fifteen Years
3. The Turn of the Century
4. A Time of Expansion
5. The Future Looked More Promising Than Ever
6. Set-Backs in the 1920s
7. Froebelian Practices Enter Junior Schools
8. War and Educational Reconstruction
9. Creative Activities are an Essential Part of Primary School Education
10. The Last Chapter of the Froebal Movement may yet have to be Written