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ERIC Number: EJ950179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Sensing the Realities of English Middle-Class Education: James Bryce and the Schools Inquiry Commission, 1865-1868
McCulloch, Gary
History of Education, v40 n5 p599-613 2011
This paper explores the contribution of James Bryce as an Assistant Commissioner to the Taunton Commission from 1865 to 1868. It highlights his criticisms of the English middle class and of middle-class education represented in the endowed grammar schools of Lancashire, England. These criticisms were based partly on finely detailed observation of the buildings of these schools in their local and geographical settings. They also drew on acutely developed responses of a sensory and emotive nature relating to a broad sensory register of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. The paper therefore helps to develop the potential value of sensory history in the history of education well as to provide a detailed examination of middle-class education in England in the 1860s. It also suggests that the realism characteristic of mid-Victorian writing and art may help to shed further light on the nature and experience of schooling in this period. (Contains 76 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)