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ERIC Number: EJ953776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Structures and Systems and Bodies and Things: Historical Research on Primary Schooling and Its Professional Relevance
Cunningham, Peter
History of Education, v41 n1 p73-86 2012
Recalling its origins as a research journal addressing educationists this article seeks to understand historical research published in "History of Education" as aimed at a professional audience. Primary schooling provides a significant focus as the study of education history was fostered especially in the training of elementary teachers.1 In that context a traditional strand of research on structures and systems is recognised for its past achievements and continuing importance. At the same time this account identifies and welcomes continuing innovations in research focus and research method, but asks about potential audiences in the field and argues the importance of reaching a wider professional readership. Over the lifetime of the journal "History of Education", political, cultural and institutional contexts have changed along with changing research methodologies. These parallel shifts suggest that the character of research in our field is not simply the product of autonomous intellectual currents but part of a larger pattern of change that embraces schooling. Recognition of this fact should remind educationists of the value of applying their historical research to elucidating current issues. A marked trend in the lifetime of "History of Education" has been its increasingly international scope, and examples of research on elementary and primary education from "Paedagogica Historica" are referred to for comparison. (Contains 54 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom