Comenius (28 March 1592 – 15 November 1670) was a 17th-century Czech bishop, and an innovator in education. His name is spelt differently in almost every language. In English it is John Amos Comenius, but he is usually called just 'Comenius'.
Comenius is famous for arguing for universal literacy, and inventing the idea of a modern textbook which used pictures as well as prose to get its message across. Comenius also tried to design a language in which false statements could not be written.
Some books by Comenius[change | change source]
There are about 16 works, with many translations and versions.
- 1633–1638. Didactica magna ("The Great Didactic").
- 1642. A reformation of schools, designed in two excellent treatises. This is an English excerpt from the above. It explains his ideas for reform.
- 1658. Orbis sensualium pictus: quadrilingus. It is something like an illustrated dictionary, in two languages, Latin, and German
References[change | change source]
- Murphy, Daniel 1995. Comenius: a critical reassessment of his life and works. Irish Academic Press, p. 27. ISBN 978-0716525370
- Czech: Jan Amos Komenský; Slovak: Ján Amos Komenský; German: Johann Amos Comenius; Polish: Jan Amos Komeński; Hungarian: Comenius Ámos János, in other sources: Hungarian: Comenius-Szeges János; Latinized: Iohannes Amos Comenius
- Sadler, John 1969. Comenius. London: Collier Macmillan. ISBN 0-029-75920-X
- Drucker, Peter 2003. The new realities  Transaction. 230–231; 262 ISBN 978-0-7658-0533-1 "... a Czech, John Amos Comenius – the first person to advocate universal literacy – invented the textbook and the primer."
- Hofstadter, Douglas 1979. Gödel, Escher, Bach: an eternal golden braid. New York: Basic Books, p635. ISBN 0-14-028920-8
- "Learning from Comenius - the pedagogical underpinnings of the Orbis Pictus".