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A Social History of Education in England

A Social History of Education in England

by John Lawson, Harold Silver


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Originally published in 1973,this book describes the medieval origins of the British education system, and the transformations successive historical events - such as the Reformation, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution - have wrought on it. It examines the effect on the educational pattern of such major cultural upheavals as the Renaissance; it looks at the different parts played by church and state, and the influence of new social and educational philosophies.

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ISBN-13: 9780415761727
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/15/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.19(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xv

Preface xvii

Acknowledgements xix

Introduction xxi

I Anglo-Saxon beginnings: education in the service of Christianity 600-1066 1

II Early medieval: education a function of the church 1066-1300 12

The twelfth-century renaissance 12

Grammar schools and song schools 14

The rise of the universities 19

Monks and friars 25

The extent of literacy 27

III Later medieval: education within and without the church 1300-1530 36

Grammar schools 36

Oxford and Cambridge 45

The religious orders and education 56

The education of the parish clergy 60

Changes in popular education 62

Craft apprenticeship 66

The common lawyers 69

Aristocratic education 72

The diffusion of literacy 74

IV Social change and educational expansion 1530-1640 85

Religious and social developments bearing on education 85

The Reformation and education 89

Educational philanthropy 97

Village and town: the social matrix of education 101

The 'petties' and their teachers 104

The grammar schools in their heyday 109

The education of girls 115

Apprenticeship and technical training 116

Oxford and Cambridge in transition 119

Aristocratic education 126

Some illustrative educational careers 129

Social consequences of educational expansion 135

V Education during the puritan revolution 1640-1660 147

VI Education and society in pre-industrial England 1660-1780 158

The Restoration and education 158

The Restoration universities 162

Charity schools, grammar schools, academies and tutors 164

Locke on education 168

Educational recession in the eighteenth century 171

Schools for the poor 175

Teachers of the poor 183

Popular literacy 186

Grammar schools 189

The 'great schools' 192

Private tutors and private academies 196

Oxford and Cambridge 203

Science education 212

VII Education in a changing society 1780-1830 220

The momentum of change 220

The new educators 222

The extent of the problem 230

Schooling for the poor 232

The endowed schools and universities 244

Adults and literacy 252

II The state and voluntary effort 1830-1869 261

Committee of Council 261

Factories and voluntaryists 267

Statistics 270

Schools, teachers and children 274

The revised code 282

Social movements 286

Reforms and foundations 290

IX Education and social policy 1869-1900 308

An Act to provide for public elementary education 308

Literacy and attendance 318

Schools, codes and subjects 322

The grammar schools 329

Ladders 331

The education of girls 335

The public schools 338

Technical and university education 339

New departures 343

X Towards a unified system 1900-1938 358

The new century 358

The 1902 Education Act 361

Secondary education to 1918 366

Elementary education to 1918 371

The 1920s and 1930s 379

The new education 391

University, technical and adult education 395

XI Education and social ideals 1939-1972 409

The war and after 409

Secondary education and sociologists 416

Expansion and the 'affluent society' 420

The 1960s: inequalities and opportunities 425

The 1960s: secondary education 432

Educational priorities 441

Continuities 457

Select Bibliography 465

Index 470

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