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  • Book: Children’s education included 'mechanical literacy' in the industrial age

    Diptych image with book cover of "The Education of Things" and headshot of Elizabeth Hoiem.

    Elizabeth Hoiem, an information sciences professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, examines how children’s literature and material culture responded to industrialization and shaped the class politics of playful learning in her new book “The Education of Things.”

    Book cover image courtesy Elizabeth Hoiem; photo of Hoiem by L. Brian Stauffer


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