Publication details for Professor Matthew Daniel EddyEddy, M. (2010). The Alphabets of Nature: Children, Books and Natural History in Scotland, circa 1750-1800. Nuncius 25(1): 1-22.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0394-7394, 1825-3911
- DOI: 10.1163/182539110X00028
- Keywords: Print culture, Children, Pedagogy.
- Further publication details on publisher web site
Author(s) from Durham
This essay examines the kinds of textbooks that were used to teach natural knowledge to children in eighteenth-century Scotland. Following Roger Chartier's belief that the forms and uses of print can be employed to categorise the content of texts, I focus on three groups of books that were used in specific settings: (1) homes, academies and parish schools; (2) social and professional settings where adolescents worked; (3) and high schools. I do not take these groupings to be definitive, but more as a preliminary categorisation. Along the way I treat various historiographic points relevant to the canon of Scottish pedagogy and I comment on some issues relevant to the instruction of girls. I conclude by calling for more studies that address how and where children's books were used during the Enlightenment.