Artemova Yulia

Edward Hughes and Konstantin Ushinsky: Two approaches to creating textbooks for children in 1840-1860s

Artemova Yulia (2018) "Edward Hughes and Konstantin Ushinsky: Two approaches to creating textbooks for children in 1840-1860s ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia IV : Pedagogika. Psihologiia, 2018, vol. 48, pp. 49-78 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIV201848.49-78


This article compares the heritage of the two salient authors and educationalists of the middle and latter half of the 19th century, namely the British Edward Hughes and Russian Konstantin Ushinsky, as well as a number of other British and Russian contemporary authors. The article compares their approaches to the arrangement and structuring of educational texts, to the use of illustrative material, as well as their ethical and ideological backgrounds. Comparative analysis of the books selected for the study would be impossible without a fairly detailed outline of their content. It will help the reader to evaluate the amount of eff orts of the authors, their insights and vision, didactical techniques and many other aspects. It will also allow the reader to comprehend the spirit of pedagogical practices developed by the Russian and British authors. In order to achieve its aims, the article carries out a comparative analysis not only of the structure but also of the range of topics and the manner of presenting the material chosen by both authors, the degree of its orientation towards the dialogue and instructiveness.


Konstantin Ushinsky, Edward Hughes, reading book, literary heritage, pedagogic, didactic, interactive approach, education, enlightenment, educational material, child’s psychology


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Information about the author

Artemova Yulia

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in History;
Place of work: Russian State University for Humanities; 6/2 Miusskaia Square, 125047 Moscow, Russian Federation;
Post: Associate Professor in the Educational and Research Centre for Social Anthropology;
ORCID: 0000-0002-7437-8044;
Email: redfox712002@yandex.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.


The work on the article was supported by the grant 17-06-00066а supported by the Russian Foundation of the Basic Research.