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From the creation of the republican school system to modern-day education.

Books and journals on education

The Bibliothèque nationale de France’s historical collection is very extensive in the field of education, including in particular the creation of the French republican school system in the 19th century. Its current collections place considerable importance on educational sciences.
Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779). La maîtresse d´école

Chardin, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon (1699-1779). La maîtresse d'école

The main topics covered by the educational sciences and educational psychology collections are as follows:
  •   educational systems
  • pedagogical theories and leading educationalists 
  • knowledge acquisition 
  • the educational environment 
  • specialized education
Books and journals on didactics and education within each topic are found with the collections on that topic: for example, teaching French as a foreign language is found in the Art and Literature Department with materials on the French Language.

The Research library has a large amount of material on education around the world and in France, both in French and in foreign languages. For France, the Library’s old collections include lycée league tables and a large amount of historical educational material: treatises, dictionaries, and textbooks. Examples of available materials include the directory of Manuels scolaires en France de 1789 à nos jours, published in various disciplines, and the Dictionnaire de pédagogie et d'instruction primaire sous la direction de Ferdinand Buisson, 1887.

The Research library’s collections also include old journals such as the Journal des instituteurs et des institutrices, as well as leading foreign educational journals such as the American Educational Research Journal and the British Educational Research Journal.

The Reference library offers studies, mainly in French, on education in France: curricula, debates on schooling, material on contemporary educationalists, educational sciences, books on the teaching profession, reference tools, etc. It also holds the journals Histoire de l'éducation and Revue française de pédagogie.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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