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ERIC Number: EJ898287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Ecumenism, Economic Necessity and the Disappearance of Methodist Elementary Schools in England in the Twentieth Century
Smith, John T.
History of Education, v39 n5 p631-657 Sep 2010
This study aims to define the extent of, and causes for, the decline of the Wesleyan educational effort in England in the twentieth century. In 1902 the Church had 738 schools, but these rapidly declined throughout the century, with only 28 remaining in 1996. The establishment of these schools during the nineteenth century had been largely for the protection of Wesleyan children, with a denominational mistrust of the proselytism in both Anglicanism and Roman Catholic institutions. This study aims to show how far this mistrust continued into the twentieth century and estimates the influence of growing ecumenism on the Church's decision to allow its own elementary schools to disappear. Nevertheless, this is an important subject, reflecting the declining influence of all churches on wider society in the twentieth century, as well as the increasing need to form church alliances to counter growing secularism in a post-Christian era. (Contains 3 tables and 176 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)