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Semi-Public Teaching

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Two types of education at the Amsterdam Athenaeum were public and private. But in addition to these were mixed types, of which the most important was that centred on the disputation. This chapter focuses primarily on the disputations, since these constituted the core of the curriculum. But also a number of other types of semi-public education are discussed: retorical delivery in the auditorium, clinical teaching in the hospital and medical teaching in the anatomical theatre. Even before students joined the community of an athenaeum or university, they were familiarised with the disputation method. The Dutch School Order of 1625 decreed that Latin Schools were to hold disputations on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The sources of the three kinds of semi-public education discussed here date from different periods: the disputations principally from 1648-1686; the practice orations from 1686, up until 1704, clinical teaching in 1669 and anatomical teaching in 1689.

Keywords: Amsterdam Athenaeum; anatomical teaching; clinical teaching; inaugural disputation; Latin School; practice oration; semi-public teaching



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