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1st Edition

A Social History of Educational Studies and Research

ISBN 9781138898073
Published July 26, 2017 by Routledge
200 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Social History of Educational Studies and Research examines the development of the study of education in the UK in its broader educational, social and political context since its early beginnings in the first part of the twentieth century. By providing a historical analysis of the contested growth of the field this book examines the significant contribution that has been made by institutions of higher education, journals, text books, conferences, centres, and academic societies. It discusses the problems and opportunities of the field, and its prospects for survival and adaptation to current changes in the decades ahead. The work draws on documentary sources, social network analysis, and interviews with leading figures from across the field.


This book highlights international influences on the development of educational studies and research in the UK, its role in the growing internationalisation of the field as a whole, and also comparisons and contrasts with the nature of the field elsewhere. It relates the development to the wider social, political and economic changes affecting higher education in general and educational studies and research in particular. It addresses the historical development of disciplines in higher education institutions and the nature, extent and limitations of interdisciplinarity.


A Social History of Educational Studies and Research discuss the problems and opportunities facing the study of education today, and its prospects of adapting to changes in the decades ahead. It is a distinctive and original analysis of educational studies and research that provides the first comprehensive study of its type.

Table of Contents

List of figures and appendices

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Interdisciplines and the modern university

Chapter 3. The Institute of Education London: All the gates of knowledge thrown open?

Chapter 4. Organising the field: From the Standing Conference to the British Educational Research Association

Chapter 5. A Journal for the field?: The British Journal of Educational Studies (With James Thomas)

Chapter 6. Published registers and texts of education

Chapter 7. An interdisciplinary project? The case of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

Chapter 8. Crisis and collaboration

Chapter 9. Crossing paths? Educational studies and research in the 21st century

Chapter 10. Conclusions


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Gary McCulloch is Brian Simon Professor of the History of Education at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK

Steven Cowan is a researcher in the history of education


"[This book] should be an important point of reference for those who seek to understand the contested development of education studies as a discipline and the role that historical research can and should play within it."— John Howlett, History of Education