Adolphe Ferrière

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Adolphe Emmanuel Ferrière
Born(1879-08-30)30 August 1879
Died16 June 1960(1960-06-16) (aged 80)
EducationUniversity of Geneva
Occupation(s)Educator, Author
Known forpedagogy

Adolphe Ferrière (1879 in Geneva – 1960 in Geneva) was one of the founders of the progressive education movement. He worked for a brief time in a school in Glarisegg (TG, CH) and later founded an experimental school ('La Forge') in Lausanne, Switzerland, but soon had to abandon teaching due to his deafness. In 1921, he founded the New Education Fellowship, for which he wrote the charter. The congress of this league until the Second World War included a number of other teachers: Maria Montessori, Célestin Freinet, Gisèle de Failly and Roger Cousinet. He worked as a humanist and an editor from 1919 to 1922 on the pacifist journal 'l'Essor' (The Rise).[1] In 1924, alongside his colleague Paul Meyhoffer from the Institut Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and the League of Nations officials Arthur Sweetser and Ludwik Rajchman, Ferrière founded the International School of Geneva (the first of its kind in the world) and, during the early months of its existence, provided the new school with accommodation in a chalet he owned.[2][3][4] He was one of the founding members of the International Bureau of Education (IBE) in 1925, and served as its first Deputy Director alongside Elisabeth Rotten.[5] He was also a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).[1][6] Throughout his life he published a substantial number of books, some in collaboration with Karl-Ernst Krafft.[1] · [7]

He is listed as one of the 100 most famous educators, by the International Bureau of Education (IBE).[8]


  • Science and faith, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1912
  • The law of progress in biology and sociology, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1915
  • Transforming schools, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1920 (reprint 1948)
  • The autonomy of students, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1921 (reprint 1950)
  • The spontaneous activity in children, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1922
  • Education in the family, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1920
  • The practice of active school, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1922 (reprint 1929)
  • The active school, 1920 (reprint 1953)
  • The coééducation gender, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1926. (included in "Transforming Schools", 1948)
  • Spiritual progress, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1926
  • Bakula and his work educator, 1926
  • The maternal heart Pestalozzi, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1928
  • The psychological types in children, in adults and in the course of education, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1922
  • The future of genetic psychology, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1931
  • The school measure, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1931
  • Characterological typocosmique, Geneva and Paris, 1932.
  • In collaboration with Karl-Ernst Krafft
  • Our children and the future of the country, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1942
  • Human liberation, Éditions du Mont Blanc, Geneva, 1943
  • Towards a natural classification of psychological types, Nice, 1943
  • Children's Home after the war, Delachaux and Niestlé, Neuchâtel, 1945
  • The school workforce across Europe, Michon, Paris, 1948
  • Brief introduction to the new education, Bourrelier, Paris, 1951
  • The mystery of the person, Rigois, Turin, 1955

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  1. ^ a b c "Resources" (PDF). 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ Othman Hamayed and Conan de Wilde, Ecolint - A History of the International School of Geneva, Geneva: 2014, ISBN 978-2-8399-1196-2, pp. 14-15
  3. ^ "Adolphe Ferrière, le pèlerin brisé de l'école active". 20 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Grands pédagoques : Adolphe Ferrière".
  5. ^ IBE (2015). IBE In Focus: 90 years of excellence in education (PDF). UNESCO. p. 22.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-07-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ "Thinkers on Education". 16 February 2016.