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School and Society in Victorian Britain

Joseph Payne and the New World of Education, 1st Edition

By Richard Aldrich


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Drawing on hitherto-unused sources this book represents a shift in the historiography of British education. At the centre of the investigation is Joseph Payne. He was one of the group of pioneers who founded the College of Preceptors in 1846 and in 1873 he was appointed to the first professorship of education in Britain, established by the College of Preceptors. By that date Payne had acquired a considerable reputation. He was a classroom practitioner of rare skill, the founder of two of the most successful Victorian private schools, the author of best-selling text-books, a scholar of note despite his lack of formal education, and a leading member of the College of Preceptors and such bodies as the Scholastic Registration Association, the Girls’ Public Day School Trust, the Women’s Education Union and the Social Science Association.


‘This book not only celebrates an eminent Victorian, it also traces the slowly developing interest in educational theory and locates this exactly where it belongs – at the heart of the learning and teaching process.’ Peter Mortimore, Institute of Education, University of London.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations. Acknowledgements. Series Preface. Introduction. 1 From Bury St.Edmunds to Grove Hill House. 2 The Denmark Hill Grammar School 3 From Leatherhead to Kildare Gardens. 4 The College of Preceptors 5 Professor of Education 6 Critic and Reformer 7 The Science and Art of Education 8 Historical and Comparative Dimensions 9 Conclusion. Select Bibliography. Index.

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