Gender, class and school teacher education from the mid-nineteenth century to 1970: Scenes from a town in the North of England

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This paper considers gender and social class in relation to teacher education through an episodic study of the development of adult educational institutions in Huddersfield. It briefly discusses nineteenth-century mechanics’ institutes in the town before moving to a consideration of school teacher training college students in the twentieth century, highlighting aspects of the gendered and cultural ethos of teacher training. Local efforts to establish teacher training, and the wartime presence in the town of an evacuated women’s teacher training college, provide a prism for the examination of transitions in social attitudes towards teaching as a profession, as do the educational aspirations of local working-class grammar school girls and boys during the 1940s/1950s. The paper then focuses on the establishment in 1963 of a ‘new kind’ of non-residential teacher training college and, in particular, on its introduction in the late 1960s of part-time provision designed specifically for ‘married women’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-818
Number of pages13
JournalHistory of Education
Issue number6
Early online date20 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019


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