Queen Victoria: The Politician and Reformer

Great Britain during the nineteenth century served as the model for social change without the social and political upheaval typical of nineteenth century mainland Europe.  At the helm of this tempered change sat Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901.  During her reign, Britain underwent significant industrial and educational reforms, becoming the model of productivity and liberal capitalism in Europe.  The purpose of my research will be to examine the role of the Queen in such reforms through her correspondences with political leaders, as well as her personal journal entries, all of which are conveniently available at Swem Library.  Britain was, in fact, a constitutional monarchy with very limited powers granted to the monarch herself.  However, by investigating these correspondences I will attempt to understand to what extent the monarch actually played a role in these trajectory-changing industrial and educational reforms.  Such a study will provide further insight into the powers of the restricted British monarchy in the nineteenth century.

Changes in German Language Education, Blog Post #3: Summary Blog

Well, here I am, at the “final” chapter of this project – and yet I still feel that all I have given you, my loyal reader, is two abnormally-long blog posts and whatever ends up in this one. You may be disappointed after this, and some of you may even get to say “I told you so!” Whatever the case, I can sincerely promise you I am not done. My background in Language Acquisition before this project was minimal, in Pedagogy virtually non-existent; thus, I entered this project basically as a student of German, yet feel that my commitment and effort on it speaks to my newfound passion for the former two fields of study. I will not give-up on these passions easily, and thus plan to return to this research, whether it be next summer or as a graduate student.

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Changes in German Language Education, Blog Post #2: The Textbook Survey

First off, I apologize for this blog coming so late – if there is one thing I have learned from this process, it’s that doing things when you have the time to do them is important; otherwise, you may have to put off what you are passionate about to make room for the passions of those who are either paying or grading you. That all said, let me share the main chunk of what I have done with my research since I last checked-in: my textbook survey.

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Changes in German Language Education, Blog Post #1: And So We Begin…

Hey everyone! Mike Schilling reporting from Byram, New Jersey. To anyone who has been checking this blog daily since my abstract post in April, I apologize; May and June have been two crazy months. Amidst all the craziness, though, were e-mails, interviews, book-collecting, and reading, all pertaining to this project, so your wait is now over. The products of my work so far (4 interviews, twenty-some textbooks on the floor of my bedroom, and a marked-up monograph on current language pedagogy) may not seem like much, but they have enabled me to lay the foundation for the house that will be my project (cheesy metaphors: 1, Mike: 0).

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