New Comparative and International Directions for the History of Education
Gary McCulloch, Institute of Education, University of London
11 March 2014, 10.00 - 11.30
Bilik Cemerlang, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya

This talk explores new directions in the history of education, looking forward to the future of the international field of research, and to analyse fresh trends. The history of education is a contested site in terms of its identity, rationale and strategy, but it is also able to draw on and engage with developments in education, history and the social sciences. Latterly these connections have helped to encourage further engagement with theoretical and methodological approaches across these areas. In relation to comparative and international perspectives, the paper surveys how the field has tended to favour national and single-site studies but is giving increasing attention to trends in internationalisation, globalisation, transnationalism, postcolonial approaches, and the experiences of colonised and indigenous peoples.


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Gary McCulloch is the Brian Simon Professor of the History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His recent publications include The Struggle for the History of Education (Routledge 2011) and (with Tom Woodin and Steven Cowan) Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age: Coming of Age? (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He is a former president of the UK History of Education Society and a previous Editor of the International Journal History of Education. He is currently the lead organiser for the 2014 annual conference of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) to be held at the Institute of Education London in July 2014 on the theme of ‘Education, War and Peace’, and is Joint Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies.