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Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps
A historical perspective of a life in science education.
# 61383 | 843 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Oct 05, 2005 in Philosophy (Science) , Women Studies (Historical Figures) , Sociology (General)

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This paper discusses the life of Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, born in 1793, who dedicated her life to the teaching of science. She grew up in a large family where learning was essential. Later she became an influential science educator whose work as both teacher and author, especially in introducing science into the curriculum of women's schools, entitled her to a prominent position in science education's history. The paper shows that, in addition, she became a strong supporter of women's position in science in her era. Almira Phelps led a life of educating women in the sciences.

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"Later, Almira became fascinated with the courses in science taught by Amos Eaton at the Albany Institute. Eaton became a major influence in Almira's dedication to the sciences. From classes Almira was permitted to take from Eaton in chemistry, botany, and natural philosophy, she obtained the knowledge necessary to teach these same classes back at the Troy female seminary. She made science a popular subject among the women enrolled at the seminary."

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