Secondary Education in a Changing World

Secondary Education and the Raising of the School-Leaving Age

Coming of Age?

Authors: Woodin, T., McCulloch, G., Cowan, S.

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The progressive raising of the school-leaving age has had momentous repercussions for our understanding of childhood and youth, for secondary education, and for social and educational inequality. This book assesses secondary education and the raising of the school-leaving age in the UK and places issues and debates in an international context.

About the authors

Author Tom Woodin: Tom Woodin is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK. Author Steven Cowan: Steven Cowan is Research Officer at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

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"This is an excellent historical analysis of a much neglected, yet extremely important field of research. It speaks to both historians and policy makers. It is exceptionally well written, extensively researched and highly readable. One of its most attractive features is its comparative dimension, stimulating one to cogitate engagement in similar research across a range of other countries." - Tom O'Donoghue, Winthrop Professor, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia

"This book provides the first comprehensive historical study of debates about raising the school-leaving age. The authors show that the upward expansion of compulsory schooling, which from a distance seems like a steady and unavoidable development for all modernizing countries, has been both episodic and continually contested in the UK over the years. Their analysis provides a window on the complex and contradictory social purposes that policymakers have sought to accomplish through universal schooling everything from building a nation to expanding social opportunity, reengineering working class culture, incorporating immigrants, preserving social order, and promoting economic growth." - David F. Labaree, Professor, Stanford University Graduate School of Education, USA

"Compulsory education has become an important element of the evaluation of the human development of nations. In Brazil, for example, there have been many disputes concerning the power of the state to impose the boundaries of schooling. Arguing that the expansion of compulsory education represents a fundamental social transformation of the modern world, this new book by Tom Woodin, Gary McCulloch and Steven Cowan builds a comprehensive narrative of the raising of the school-leaving age in England and allows those from other countries, like Brazil, to compare the British history of schooling to their own in order to understand the contrasts that the diverse adhesion to compulsory education produced in each country. I believe it's an essential book for people of all nationalities who seek to understand the past and present of schooling in its relation to society." Diana Vidal, Professor of the History of Education, University of São Paulo, Brazil.


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Woodin, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • The School-Leaving Age in International Perspective

    Woodin, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 13-32

  • Framework for ROSLA: Establishing Compulsion

    Woodin, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 33-53

  • ROSLA and the Emergence of Secondary Education

    Woodin, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 55-76

  • Forward with ROSLA 1951–1964

    Woodin, Tom (et al.)

    Pages 77-97

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secondary Education and the Raising of the School-Leaving Age
Book Subtitle
Coming of Age?
Authors
Series Title
Secondary Education in a Changing World
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-06521-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137065216
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-34039-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34296-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 258
Topics