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Introduction to Education Studies

How does a historical approach help us to understand the relationship between education and social change? Discuss with detailed reference to at least ONE historical example from education in Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Introduction
This essay will discuss the relationship between education and social change and how a historical approach helps us to understand it. Education can be defined in many ways, however it does not have a precise definition. The concept can mean a different thing to each individual. Many will think of ‘school’ and ‘exams’ when the term education pops up. Others may think of the progress of learning things in general, whilst some may consider it as being able to read a book. Within Bartlett and Burtons Introduction to Education Studies (pg 14), Peters (1966) mentioned that the term was used in diverse ways therefore it is difficult to define in an exact way. Education has been an ongoing topic amongst many professionals since its Reform Act of 1870. The system within the schooling department has been revived and transformed throughout the centuries resulting in today’s modern education. The social change within our society has been tremendous over the twentieth century. We see a constant change in technology, fashion and clothing, architecture, cars, food and many more aspects. Education is seen to have an effect on the change and vice versa. The relationship can be understood through various approaches. I will use an historical approach to understand why and how both topics have influenced each other. In order to do this, I will use some historical examples from education within Britain over the past two centuries. Without history, change would be a difficult aspect to talk about. Change exists with history. Without history change will be like a snapshot, very instant and just a present entity.1In regards to Education, there has been many aspects within the department which has had changes. For example, laws and legislation have changed profoundly. These include factors such as the age a child has had to enter schooling from and the school years made compulsory upon them. As I will be discussing social change and education, bringing in a historical approach will determine the affect education has had on society. We will be able to see the paramount affect history has had over the years and how it has influenced government and authorities to make variations within the system. With such an approach, will also see how people have taken up to the importance of Education and what they perceive it as compared to how it was seen to in the past.

The relationship between Education and Social Change
It is fair to say that the relationship between Education and Social Change is seemingly of a strong one. The relationship has not only existed recently, as within the twentieth century and beyond even if many will agree on it being stronger since, however, this has been evident as far as the history of education goes. I will begin with describing the effect education has on social change. Furthermore, I will continue onto describing the effect of social change on education. This will allow me to establish the relationship between the two and elaborate upon it. According to Bartlett and Burton, (2012) after the Balfour Act was legislated in 1902, working class students were able to attend school although only up till the age of twelve. Middle class students however progressed onto secondary school as they were able to afford the fees. This resulted in children leaving school at the age of fourteen and heading to work in order to provide for their families. Children as young as fourteen were known as responsible young adults at this time, most being sole bread winners for their families. Fourteen was not perceived as a child in comparison to the modern era. It was not until 1944, that the Butler Education act was established. Secondary... Show More

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