This text offers a major reassessment of the life and thought of the distinguished 19th century industrial philanthropist and educational reformer, Robert Owen. In a period when Owen's radical new visions for learning and teaching, adult and vocational pedagogy and social transformation are receiving fresh and global attention, Robert Davis and Frank O'Hagan place Owen's thought right at the heart of the Enlightenment advocacy of popular, democratic mass education. Tracing both the ancestry and the legacy of Owen's reforming spirit, they also offer a critical appraisal of the relevance of his ideas for the development of education at all levels and stages in the challenging contexts of international 21st century education.
Robert A. Davis is Professor of Religious and Cultural Education and Head of School of Education in the University of Glasgow, UK. He has taught and written widely on the history of education and the cultural understanding of childhood. Frank O'Hagan recently retired as Lecturer in History in the School of Education in the University of Glasgow, UK. Alongside his continuing academic interests, he is also a successful composer and musician.
Series Editor's Preface Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Intellectual Biography 1. Robert Owen: Industrialist and Reformer Part II: Critical Exposition of Owen's Work 2. Key Principles of Owen's Educational Thought and Practice 3. Education, Work and Community 4. The Education of Citizens in the Just Society Part III: The Influence and Relevance of Owen's Work Today 5. The Ambivalent Legacy of Robert Owen: Utopianism and Rationality 6. Education, World Heritage and Social Change: New Lanark as an Educational Experience Bibliography Index