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A Progressive Education?How Childhood Changed in Mid-Twentieth-Century English and Welsh Schools$
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Laura Tisdall

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526132895

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526132901

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Introduction: the rise and fall of progressive education?

Introduction: the rise and fall of progressive education?

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(p.1) Introduction: the rise and fall of progressive education?
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(p.iii) A Progressive Education?
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Laura Tisdall

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526132901.00006

The introduction argues that ideas about both childhood and adolescence were transformed in English and Welsh schools after WWII. Covering the period 1918 to 1979, this book will show that by putting childhood at the centre of the history of education, we can challenge the stories we tell about how and why schooling itself changed. It has been suggested that the dominance of ‘progressive’ education after 1945 led to a backlash against permissive attitudes to pupils in both Western Europe and the United States. But British child-centred education, in alliance with developmental psychology, actually shaped a more restrictive and pessimistic image of childhood. By considering the faultlines within the movement that has been called ‘progressive’ or ‘child-centred’ education, we can more clearly assess its impact on concepts of childhood and youth.

Keywords:   Childhood, Adolescence, Education, Progressive, Psychology

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