History seminars at the IHR

History of Education

Convenors: Gary McCulloch (Institute of Education, University of London),
Dr Georgina Brewis (Institute of Education, University of London)

For further information please contact Professor Gary McCulloch, Dr Georgina Brewis : ichre@ioe.ac.uk

Venue:  Room S246, South block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Thursdays, 5.30pm

All welcome, no registration required. The 'History of Education Seminar' at IHR (Institute of Historical Research) is convened by ICHRE (International Centre for Historical Research in Education) members. The seminar attracts speakers from around the world, providing a forum for established historians as well as early-career researchers to present their work.




Summer Term 2016
DateSeminar details
5 May Sonic geographies of childhood: educational sounds and silences

Dr. Sarah Mills (Department of Geography, Loughborough University)

This paper draws on material from a sound archive of children’s folklore recorded by a London primary school teacher between 1962-1969 and 1982-1984. As well as reflecting on the ‘modern’ historical geographies of childhood and school spaces, I focus on the unique dynamics of working with archival audio recordings. In particular, I examine the methodological and ethical challenges surrounding issues of children’s ‘voice’ using secondary audio data. Indeed, the recordings aimed to catalogue the regional oral traditions circulating, dying out and being produced by children aged ten – but in doing so – also captured emotional accounts of everyday life at school and home. Overall, the paper critically reflects on these hidden histories and sonic geographies.

Sarah Mills is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University.  Her research focuses on the geographies of youth citizenship and informal education. She has explored the gendered citizenship projects and educational philosophies of several British youth movements across the twentieth century, including the Scout Movement, Girl Guides, Woodcraft Folk, and Jewish Lads’ Brigade. This research has been funded by the ESRC, AHRC (Co-I), Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers), Institute of Historical Research and the Eric Frank Trust. Most of these projects have utilised historical data and she has recently written about archival methods, ethics and public historical geographies.   Email:  s.mills@lboro.ac.uk

2 June The history of integrationist and multicultural education policies in England, 1976-2016

Dr. Richard Race (School of Education, Roehampton University)

1976 was a significant year for education policy in England with the Ruskin Speech by Prime Minister, James Callaghan which introduced the idea of the ‘core curriculum’. This paper begins by attempting to conceptualise both multiculturalism and integration. Education policies over forty years as evidence bases will then be examined and then applied to both integrationist and multicultural concepts. We will firstly examine the Rampton and Swann Reports (DES: 1981; DES: 1985) which will highlight to what degree multiculturalism affected race and ethnicity issues from the 1970s onwards. Secondly, we will examine the national curriculum (ERA: 1988) and the recent national curriculum review (DfE, 2014). It will be argued that the national curriculum is an integrationist education policy i.e. a policy created by the state and responded to in different ways by schools, parents and children. We will also examine the evolution of English citizenship education (DfES, 2007). Ultimately, it will be suggested that integration has had more contemporary influence on education and wider social policy-making than multiculturalism in England.

Richard Race is Senior Lecturer in Education at Roehampton University. He is author of Multiculturalism and Education (2015, 2nd Ed, London, Bloomsbury) and co-editor of Advancing Race and Ethnicity in Education (2016, London, Palgrave Macmillan. He is currently working on his next monograph, Integration and Education Policy Making (contracted with Palgrave Macmillan) and an edited collection, Advancing Multicultural Dialogues in Education (contracted with Palgrave Macmillan). E Mail: r.race@roehampton.ac.uk