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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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Conclusion: the reinvention of childhood?

Conclusion: the reinvention of childhood?

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(p.245) Conclusion: the reinvention of childhood?
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A Progressive Education?
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Laura Tisdall

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526132901.00014

The conclusion argues that the failure to connect the histories of education and the histories of childhood and youth, especially in work on twentieth-century Britain, has led to significant problems for both sets of historiography. Most importantly, thinking about both these things together indicates that there was a fundamental shift in concepts of childhood and adolescence at mid-century, and problematises the idea of a ‘permissive society’ emerging from the 1960s onwards. Teachers’ discourses assumed disproportionate significance in post-war Britain as central funding for schools increased, and the education system attracted more public attention. Finally, it is contended that more work needs to be done on adulthood as a constructed category in its own right in order to fully understand its relational counterparts, childhood and youth.

Keywords:   Childhood, Adolescence, Progressive, Child-centred, Education, Teachers

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