The Institute of Education 1902-2002

A centenary history

Paperback / softback, 296 pages, 244 mm x 186 mm
1 Oct 2002
Institute of Education

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This centenary history provides the first comprehensive study of the Institute of Education, University of London, the United Kingdom’s premier institution for the study of education. The story is essentially one of change. Founded in 1902 as the London Day Training College to provide teachers for the capital’s elementary schools, a century later the Institute has become a college of the University of London, a national and international postgraduate centre for educational enquiry with 4,400 students from 80 countries. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, including previously unused archival material and formal interviews with key figures, Richard Aldrich sets the Institute’s own story within metropolitan, national and international contexts. The result is an elegantly written history, characterized by substantial scholarship and analysis and enlivened by illustrations and anecdote. Above all, the pages of this book are peopled with some of the most influential, and at times controversial, figures of the twentieth-century world of education – including Sidney Webb, John Adams, Sophie Bryant, Percy Nunn, Cyril Burt, Susan Isaacs, Marion Richardson, Fred Clarke, Joseph Lauwerys, Richard Peters, Basil Bernstein, William Taylor, Ann Oakley and Peter Mortimore. This book will appeal not only to all those connected with the Institute of Education, past, present and future, but also to anyone with an interest in teaching and learning, higher education, educational research and the making of educational policy.

  • Richard Aldrich

    Richard Aldrich is Emeritus Professor of History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is past president of the International Standing Conference for History of Education and of the UK History of Education Society. A member of staff since 1973, his Institute offices have included those of Public Orator, President of the Senior Common Room, Chair of the Academic Board and Head of the Department of History, Humanities and Philosophy.

1 Foundation
2 From Clare Market to Southampton Row 1902-1907
3 A clash of cultures 1907-1922
4 From Day Training College to University Institute 1922-1932
5 New directions 1932-1939
6 War and reconstruction 1939-1949
7 New identities 1949-1963
8 Expansion and stalemate 1963-1973
9 The turbulent years 1973-1983
10 Survival of the fittest 1983-1994
11 Into a new century 1994-2002
Select bibliography

A copy should be on the library shelf of any historian of education with serious interests in the issues raised by the study of teacher education.

Roy Lowe, University of Wales Swansea, Paedagogica Historia, Issue 39:4

Aldrich has written a solid professional history of his own institution that should be of great interest to scholars of education and historians of teacher training or educational policy, as well as those with a particular interest in the great Byzantine mosaic that constitutes the University of London.

E.J. Morse, History of Education Quarterly

I can recommend this book to those working within education, especially to those with particular interests in educational ideas, institutional history or teacher education.

Professor Roger Openshaw, Massey University, History of Education Review, Issue 32:1

…Aldrich’s book tells a good story and in doing so provides a valuable reference work for any student interested in the history of teacher education.

, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, Issue 90:1