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ERIC Number: EJ814533
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 133
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
"Just a Stepping Stone"--The Growth of Vocationalism in the Elementary School Curriculum, 1914-1939
Parker, David
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v35 n1 p3-21 Apr 2003
This article examines elementary education policy and practice in one county--Hertfordshire--and concludes that it falls into none of the neat categories of parsimonious or generous, progressive or reactionary, or even broadly Labour or Conservative. Aspects of county policy and practice would, no doubt, incur their approval or condemnation in equal measure, but this paper argues that all Hertfordshire's diverse educational practices during the 1920s and 1930s stemmed from the development of a policy which became increasingly coherent, clear and popular. It argues, too, that the exigencies of the 1914-18 war created much of the momentum behind subsequent developments, a point ignored by historians. The period had its own assumptions, anxieties and aspirations, and a range of evidence from county council records, newspapers, correspondence, reports of His Majesty's Inspectors (HMIs) and school logbooks reveals that the Local Education Authority's (LEA's) major educational decisions took public opinion firmly into account and then were pursued with a determination that frequently overrode government recommendations and directives that were seen as counterproductive to local needs.
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Publication Type: Historical Materials; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)