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Navaz Bhavnagri


Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a founder of the women's movement in the United States. Although she was a widely published writer and a famous orator, her ideas on education had previously not been examined. This research analyzed Early Childhood education and general education concepts in Cady Stanton's speeches and publications throughout her career. Historical and qualitative methodologies were utilized to analyze the findings. The results indicted two predominant themes in Cady Stanton's ideas on child care and development. The first theme was her stance on nature vs. nurture. The second theme was her concept of parenting which she conceived as a strong component of social justice. Next regarding Cady Stanton's ideas on general education four predominant themes emerged. First women's education, second equal educational opportunity, third education for social justice and fourth civic education. The data was next analyzed utilizing the following four theoretical frameworks; (1) Social Justice and Education; (2) Feminist Philosophies; (3) Philosophy of Schooling and (4) Theories of Early Childhood education. This study addresses a gap in our existing knowledge of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Thus this research contributes to the legacy of Cady Stanton by reclaiming and recovering her philosophy of education from obscurity and broadening the range of Cady Stanton's impact to the very core of how we cared, and continue to care and educate, our children.

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