Clara Ellen Grant

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Clara Ellen Grant

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This chapter focuses on Clara Ellen Grant. Grant was one of nine children of a fairly prosperous family in a Wiltshire village. As a young girl, she aspired to be a teacher in London. However, her plan shifted to working with the Universities' Mission in Central Africa. After finishing her training as a teacher at the Salisbury Training College, she moved to London and held two teaching positions. Grant's next position was in a small local Board school on Bow Common, which was eventually named after her. While working at the school, she turned her home into a settlement house, called the Fern Street Settlement. Her settlement house provided help and recreation to schoolchildren of the whole neighborhood. Aside from providing a settlement house, Grant was also active in the discussions and debates about early childhood education at a time when elementary schools admitted children as young as three. She was also involved in the Child Study Movement and fiercely advocated her pedagogical views. She also wrote a series of letters to The School Child, which showed her to be a fiery champion of the poor. This chapter presents one of Grant's letters to the The School Child. This letter provides particulars of her School Settlement.

Keywords: Clara Ellen Grant; Fern Street Settlement; early childhood education; Child Study Movement; The School Child

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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