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Life and Death in Higher Education:

The Rise and Demise of British Colleges of Education

By Clare Debenham

Life and Death in Higher Education

Life and Death in Higher Education:

The Rise and Demise of British Colleges of Education

By Clare Debenham

A social history based on new research of the expansion and subsequent decline of colleges of education in Great Britain.

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ISBN: 9780718895495

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Specifications: 234x156mm (9.21x6.14in), 176pp

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Life and Death in Higher Education is the result of many years of research but is topical because of the current teacher shortage. At its peak in 1961 there were 40,000 men and women who entered colleges of education in Britain compared to 50,000 who entered traditional universities. There have been interesting histories of individual colleges but this book takes a holistic approach which was supported by the historian Professor Asa Briggs.

This controversial study is packed with fascinating facts that will intrigue and inform readers. As well as the relationship between colleges and schools social issues are analysed such as the role of working class teachers and the battles of women staff and students. New evidence is provided for the colleges' expansion and their sudden closure.

The study draws on undiscovered official and local archival sources. An important feature is the testimony drawn from interviews from former college students, the oldest being 101 years.

This immensely readable book appeals to general readers as well as specialist historians of education. It is of particular interest to teachers, especially those whose institutions were originally colleges of education. Political scientists and sociologists will find much of relevance, as will feminists who have enjoyed Debenham's last two published books.

Significant Dates in Teacher Education
Acknowledgements

1. The Context of Colleges of Teacher Education
2. The Political Context of the Colleges of Education
3. The Relationship of School-based Training to that Provided by Colleges
4. Struggles for Academic Freedom
5. Strong Female Principals and Feisty Women Students
6. Issues of Social Mobility
7. Control and Rebellion
8. Expansion and Closure of the Colleges of Education
9. Later Developments in Higher Education

Appendix: Archives of Colleges of Education
Bibliography
Index

Clare Debenham is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Manchester where she was awarded her doctorate in political science. The university supported her successful application for a Leverhulme grant to fund this research. Previous to her work at universities Debenham lectured at 3 colleges of education giving her special insights and access to networks.

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