Lancaster, Joseph, 1778-1838

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Birth 1778-11-25
Death 1838-10-23

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Joseph Lancaster (1778-1838) was the founder of a monitorial method of teaching which came to be known as the Lancasterian system of education. Born in England, he opened in 1798 a school to educate inexpensively poor children in the Borough Road neighborhood of London. His system of education gained widespread popularity and led eventually to the establishment of over two hundred schools modeled after the Borough Road institution. Dissension and monetary problems plagued him throughout his career in England, the U.S., Canada, and South America. Lancaster wrote several pamphlets and in 1833 he published an autobiographical sketch and plea for financial support entitled Epitome of Some of the Chief Events and Transactions in the Life of Joseph Lancaster...

From the description of Papers, 1796-1840. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 214081372

English educator, established some schools in the U.S.

From the description of Letter : Borough Road [London], to David [Hall?], 1811 Sept. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22532869

From the description of Letter : Washington, to Elizabeth Lancaster, Philadelphia, [1818?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22541478

From the description of Letter : Washington, to William Darlington, 1821 Feb. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 22532897

British educator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Free School, Borough Road," to Lady Teignmouth, 1804 Dec. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871248


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