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Teaching Britain: Elementary Teachers and the State of the Everyday, 1846-1906

Christopher Bischof


Teaching Britain examines teachers as key agents in the production of social knowledge. Teachers claimed intimate knowledge of everyday life among the poor and working class at home and non-white subjects abroad. They mobilized their knowledge in a wide range of mediums, from accounts of local happenings in their schools’ official log books to travel narratives based on summer trips around Britain and the wider world. Teachers also obsessively narrated and reflected on their own careers. Through these stories and the work they did every day, teachers imagined and helped to enact new models of ... More

Keywords: history of education, teachers, Victorian Britain, social investigation, social mobility, the state, professionalism, expertise

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833352
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833352.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Bischof, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Richmond