In 1961 the Centre for the Study of the History of Education at Ghent University, Belgium published the first issue of the multilingual journal Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education. This book celebrates its fiftieth volume. In fourteen contributions written by different generations of historians of education, it demonstrates that in an era where the history of education at university level is at risk, both the journal and the discipline are pulsing, and alive and kicking.
Was the journal a trendsetter or a follower, and which position did it take with respect to the International Standing Conference for the History of Education? These are questions addressed in the first section of this book. In the second section, a number of articles show national and transnational developments of the history of education. In their diversity, they make clear how the national and the transnational together characterize the discipline. They show why journals in this domain should stimulate the development of broader concepts and theories in order to put national and regional cases in a broader scientific context and to make them attractive for international readership. In the last section authors turn their minds to the future of the history of education. They write about the shaping of new trends and about moving beyond borders, focusing on, among other things, the challenge of neurosciences and of digital humanities.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Paedagogica Historica.
Introduction: Shaping the history of education? The first 50 years of Paedagogica Historica Jeroen J.H. Dekker and Frank Simon
Part I: The journal and the discipline
1. Paedagogica Historica: trendsetter or follower? Rebecca Rogers
2. The International Standing Conference for the History of Education and Paedagogica Historica: a historical view on institutional strategies and practices Eckhardt Fuchs
Part II: National and transnational developments
3. The mythology of schooling: the historiography of American and European education in comparative perspective Matthew Gardner Kelly
4. History of education in Canada: historiographic "turns" and widening horizons Rosa Bruno-Jofré
5. Cinquante années de débats et de recherches sur l’école française Pierre Caspard and Jean-François Condette
6. From internal unravelling to transnational assembling: histories of education in Mexico Elsie Rockwell
7. History of education research in Australia: some current trends and possible directions for the future Tom O’Donoghue
8. Connected and entangled histories: writing histories of education in the Indian context Barnita Bagchi
9. History of education in Brazil: the construction of a knowledge field José Gonçalves Gondra, Carlos Eduardo Vieira, Regina Helena Silva Simões and Claudia Engler Cury
Part III: Shaping new trends
10. From dictatorship to democracy: history of education in Spain Antonio Viñao
11. History of education and the struggle for intellectual liberation in post-Soviet Baltic space after the fall of the Berlin Wall Iveta Ķestere
12. Nature, nurture and neuroscience: some future directions for historians of education Richard Aldrich
13. Towards a history of e-ducation? Exploring the possibilities of digital humanities for the history of education Sarah Van Ruyskensvelde
14. Mapping the discipline history of education Rita Hofstetter, Alexandre Fontaine, Solenn Huitric and Emmanuelle Picard