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For many years, British scientific and technical education has been regarded as inadequate and poor in comparison to competing countries. The deficiencies of the British education system and its failure to support and promote vocational education and training to create "human capital" in the labor force have been seen as a large factor in Britain's economic decline since the 1870s. Michael Sanderson examines education's supposed part--or not--in this decline and focuses on those issues where education has been seen to fail the needs of the economy.Read more
- Focuses specifically on the role education has played in Britain's relative economic decline since the 1870s
- Examines issues such as literacy, public schools and the older universities, and the inadequacy (or not) of scientific and technical education
- No general survey of British economic development focuses specifically on the role which education has played
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"Sanderson's book provides an excellent overview of educational developments as they relate to the economy in Britain between 1870 and the present." David Mitch, EH.NET
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- Date Published: April 1999
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521581707
- length: 140 pages
- dimensions: 224 x 143 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- contains: 15 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Literacy and schooling
2. Was technical education to blame?
3. The counterarguments
4. The education of the elite, 1870–1914
5. 1914–44: missed opportunities
6. Postwar decline: the betrayed teenager?
7. Higher education and the public schools: privilege and relevance?
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