The Elementary Education Act of 1870

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The Elementary Education Act of 1870

And the Nineteenth-Century Foundations of Modern Schooling in Britain

The British Journal of Educational Studies is probably the best single journal-based source on the 1870 Elementary Education Act (EEA 1870), with a large number of key papers published in the Journal before and after the centenary of the Act in 1970.  These include three papers on Scottish education leading to the Education (Scotland) Act of 1872, by Stenhouse, Cruickshank and Scotland (ESA 1872).  A special issue of the Journal on the 1870 Act was published for the centenary (BJES, 18/2, 1970). 

The current collection brings key articles from the Journal together on the occasion of the sesquicentenary of the Act which is marked in 2020.  It also coincides with the SES colloquium held in September 2019 on ‘Educational legislation in a changing society’ and prepares the way for a special issue of the BJES based on this colloquium in 2020.

An earlier virtual issue of the Journal was on the theme of educational reform legislation in the 20th century, covering the Education Acts of 1902, 1944 and 1988.  This was published as Educational Reform Legislation in the 20th Century, edited by Gary McCulloch (McCulloch 2018).  The present collection complements this previous virtual issue / volume to form a complete set of classic articles on educational legislation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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The following articles will be free access via this page only until 31 March 2020. 

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