Advertisement

Education

  • Rosamund Billington
  • Sheelagh Strawbridge
  • Lenore Greensides
  • Annette Fitzsimons
Chapter
Part of the Sociology for a Changing World book series (SCW)

Abstract

Education is a major transmitter of culture and from Matthew Arnold to F. R. Leavis, debates about English or British culture have been in part, debates about education. In The Long Revolution (1961, 1965), Raymond Williams focused on this connection and made it theoretically explicit. He notes that although we often assume that education is ‘a settled body of teaching and learning, and … [that] the only problem it presents to us is that of distribution’, this is misleading:

It is not only that the way in which education is organised can be seen to express, consciously and unconsciously, the wider organisation of a culture and a society … It is also that the content of education, which is subject to great historical variation, … expresses … certain basic elements in the culture, what is thought of as ‘an education’ being in fact a particular selection, a particular set of emphases and omissions (Williams, 1965, p. 145).

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Rosamund Billington, Sheelagh Strawbridge, Lenore Greensides and Annette Fitzsimons 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosamund Billington
  • Sheelagh Strawbridge
  • Lenore Greensides
  • Annette Fitzsimons

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations