Developed out of a 2015 conference of the History of Education Society, UK, this book explores the interconnections between the histories of science, technologies and material culture, and the history of education. The contributions express a shared concern over the extent to which the history of science and technology and the history of education are too frequently written about separately from each other despite being intimately connected. This state of affairs, they suggest, is linked to broader divisions in the history of knowledge, which has, for many years, been carved up into sections reflective of the academic subject divisions that structure modern universities and higher education in the West. Most noticeably this has occurred with the history of science, but more recently the history of humanities has been divided as well.
The contributions to this volume demonstrate the diversity and originality of research currently being conducted into the connections between the history of science and the history of education. The importance of objects in teaching and their value as pedagogical tools emerges as a particularly significant area of research located at the intersection between the two fields of enquiry. Indeed, it is the materiality of education, a focus on the use of objects, pedagogical practices and particular spaces, which seems to offer some of the most promising avenues for exploring further the relationship between the histories of science and education. This book was originally published as a special issue of the History of Education.
Table of Contents
Introduction: science, technologies and material culture in the history of education Heather Ellis
1. Science and public understanding: the role of the historian of education Ruth Watts
2 ‘All your dreadful scientific things’: women, science and education in the years around 1900 Claire G. Jones
3. Household and domestic science: entangling the personal and the professional Bridget Egan and Joyce Goodman
4. Domesticating physics: introductory physics textbooks for women in home economics in the United States, 1914–1955 Joanna Behrman
5. Paper, scissors, rock: aspects of the intertwined histories of pedagogy and model-making Jane Insley
6. Transnational education in the late nineteenth century: Brazil, France and Portugal connected by a school museum Diana Gonçalves Vidal
7. Microbial metaphors: teaching ‘familiar science’ at a Kent sanatorium, c.1905–1930 Laura Newman
8. Russian dreams and Prussian ghosts: Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University and debates over historical memory and identity in Kaliningrad Alexander Clarkson
Heather Ellis is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her current research focuses on cultures of knowledge making in Britain in the late 18th and 19th centuries. She is the author of two books: Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831–1918 (2017); and Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution (2012), which was awarded the 2014 Kevin Brehony prize for the best first book by the History of Education Society UK.