Teaching Britain : elementary teachers and the state of the everyday, 1846-1906 / Christopher Bischof.
- First edition.
- Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019.
vi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Elementary school teachers -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Elementary school teachers.
- Teaching Britain examines teachers as key agents in the production of social knowledge. Teachers in nineteenth century Britain claimed intimate knowledge of everyday life among the poor and working class at home, and non-white subjects abroad. They mobilized their knowledge in a wide range of media, from accounts of local happenings in their schools' official log books to travel narratives based on summer trips around Britain and the wider world. Teachers also obsessively narrated and reflected on their own careers. Through these stories and the work they did every day, teachers imagined and helped to enact new models of professionalism, attitudes towards poverty and social mobility, ways of thinking about race and empire, and roles for the state. As highly0visible agents of the state and beneficiaries of new state-funded opportunities, teachers also represented the largesse and the reach of the liberal state - but also the limits of both.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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