Bureaucracy: OUTLINES OF LESSONS IN BOTANY

Newell, Jane H. Outlines of lessons in botany: for the use of teachers, or mothers studying with their children. Boston: Ginn & Company, 1894-1896.

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Still used today by homeschooling families, Outlines of Lessons in Botany: For the use of Teachers, or Mothers Studying with their Children is a charming text published in two volumes. The first volume, From Seed to Leaf, includes information about different types of plants and their uses. The second volume, Flower and Fruit, provides information about flowers, fruits, and their different uses. Both volumes are arranged as natural histories: chapters are organized by various plant species and further into chapters and sections for each plant part—petal, stem, root, and so on.  Newell states in the preface that she seeks a new method of teaching botany that moves beyond the “dry, technical classification” of plants.  Indeed, the books teach the principles of classification by taking nature as a “textbook,” a move that suggests that these principles are inherent in nature and that students will learn to classify by observing, learning, and copying the classifications in nature.

Find Outlines of lessons in botany in the UNT Libraries Catalog.