Education in the Post-War Years
A Social History
By Roy Lowe
Routledge – 2012 – 224 pages
This book provides an overview of the relationship between the sweeping social changes of the post-war period and education in England. It outlines the major demographic cultural and socio-economic developments which made new demands of the education service during the twenty years following the War and analyses the responses made by schools, colleges and universities. The book provides not only an informed narrative of the development of formal education, but also an authoritative account of the ways in which suburbanisation and the growth of the new property-owning middle class determined both the rhetoric of education and the structure of the system which emerged through the implementation of the 1944 Education Act.
Introduction. Part 1: Implementing the Act, 1945-1951 1 Reconstruction and Austerity: The Social Background 2. Primary Concern: Educating the Under Twelves 3. Parity of Esteem: The Coming of Universal Secondary Schooling 4. The New Scientism and Higher Education Part 2 Education for An Affluent Society, 1951-1964 5 The Coming of Affluence, 1951-64 6. Schooling Under Stress, 1951-64 7. Comprehensive Schooling: A Revolution Postponed 8. Higher Education, 1951-64 9 Examinations, 1945-64. Conclusion. Select Bibliography. Index.