First Published in 2005. Emile Durkheim's writing on education is well-known and widely recognized to be of great significance. In these lectures - given for the first time in 1902 to meet an urgent contemporary need - Durkheim presents a 'vast and bold fresco' of educational development in Europe. He covers nearly eight hundred years of history. The book culminates in two long chapters of positive recommendations for modern curriculum, which should be of special interest and value to those concerned with education policy, in whatever capacity.

part |174 pages

Part One

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

The history of secondary education in France

chapter Chapter 2|12 pages

The early Church and education (I)

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

The early Church and education (II)

Monastic schools up to the time of the Carolingian Renaissance

chapter Chapter 4|12 pages

The Carolingian Renaissance (I)

chapter Chapter 5|13 pages

The Carolingian Renaissance (II)

The teaching of grammar

chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

The origins of the universities

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

The birth of the University

The inceptio and the licentia docendi

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

The meaning of the word universitas

The half-ecclesiastical half-secular character of the University

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages

The arts faculty

Internal organisation - The colleges

chapter Chapter 10|12 pages

The colleges (concluded)

chapter Chapter 11|12 pages

Teaching at the arts faculty

Degrees. Courses of study

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

The teaching of dialectic in the universities

chapter Chapter 13|12 pages

Dialectic and debate

The discipline in the arts faculty

chapter Chapter 14|14 pages

Conclusions regarding the University

The Renaissance

part |174 pages

Part Two

chapter Chapter 15|12 pages

The Renaissance (I)

Rabelais or the encyclopaedic movement

chapter Chapter 16|13 pages

The Renaissance (II)

The Humanist Movement. Erasmus

chapter Chapter 17|13 pages

Educational theory in the sixteenth century

A comparison between the humanist and the scholarly movements

chapter Chapter 18|12 pages

The educational thought of the Renaissance

chapter Chapter 19|13 pages

The Jesuits (I)

chapter Chapter 20|12 pages

The Jesuits (II)

The external organisation of the education

chapter Chapter 21|13 pages

The Jesuits' system and that of the University

chapter Chapter 22|13 pages

Conclusion on classical education

chapter Chapter 23|14 pages

The educational theory of the Realists

Its origins: Comenius, Roland and the Revolution

chapter Chapter 24|14 pages

The Revolution

The Central Schools

chapter Chapter 25|14 pages

Variations in the curriculum in the nineteenth century

Definition of secondary education

chapter Chapter 26|14 pages

Conclusion (I)

Education and the world of persons

chapter Chapter 27|15 pages

Conclusion (II)

Education and the world of nature: the sciences