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Sad news: Kevin J. Brehony
The historian of education Professor Kevin J. Brehony passed away on Tuesday, 15 October 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Kevin was Froebel Professor of Early Childhood Studies, President of the International Froebel Society, Director of the University of Roehampton's Early Childhood Research Centre, and a member of the Froebel Research Committee. He was a renowned and rigorous scholar of Friedrich Froebel, a dedicated mentor, and beloved colleague and friend.
Kevin had an international reputation for his research on education policy, history of education, Froebel, historical sociology, progressive education and qualitative methods. His numerous publications include oft-cited chapters in edited volumes along with more than 60 articles in leading professional journals. His article 'A new education for a new era: the contribution of the conferences of the New Education Fellowship to the disciplinary field of education 1921-1938', published in Paedagogica Historica, is ranked that journal's 'most read'. Beyond his research, Kevin was well known for his dedication to his students. He mentored a number of undergraduate, masters and PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom now teach Early Childhood Studies in education departments across the country and around the world.
As well as his distinguished scholarship, Kevin played a very full and active part in the History of Education Society. Members who worked with him on the executive committee will remember his contribution to the launch of our first website. Conference delegates will remember his encyclopaedic knowledge, his sparkling papers, including a splendid keynote address on progressive education. They will remember also the fun and laughter that he brought to conference proceedings. Editors of History of Education will remember Kevin as a much valued and valuable member of the Editorial Board to the end of his life. A hard working and willing reviewer of a huge variety of papers, he delivered really incisive, helpful referee recommendations in double-quick time. Added to which he was a guest editor of two special editions in the area for which he is best known: progressive education and Froebelian contributions to early years education. Those of us who have had the privilege to know him will testify to the major contribution that he made to education history making. He will be sorely missed.
Kevin was admired by his colleagues not only for his professional accomplishments and intellectual rigour, but also for his kindness, generosity, and dedication. Many of his colleagues in the UK and abroad and numerous friends and correspondents around the globe benefitted from his advice. His many acts of selflessness will long be remembered. Professor Brehony, aged 65, is survived by his wife, Professor Rosemary Deem OBE.
Canadian History of Education Association
18th Biennial Conference
Regulations, Resistances & Reconciliations: Histories of Education
SASKATOON, SK, 23-26 OCTOBER 2014
19th and 20th century schools as a laboratory for the promotion of national identity and citizenship
Call for Papers for the 10th anniversary of the journal History of Education & Children’s Literature (2006-2015)
In 2015, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its foundation, the journal History of Education & Children’s Literature aims to publish a special monographic issue in which authors are invited to address the theme: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century schools as a laboratory for the promotion of national identity and citizenship education.
The call for papers is open to scholars and researchers from countries around the world, and particularly to historians of education and historians of schools who work in universities and specialised research centres in diverse continents.
For further information regarding the present call for papers please do not hesitate to contact the Direction of the journal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
University Research Studentships, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
The School of Education, Oxford Brookes University is looking for a strong candidate for one, three-year, full-time PhD studentship. The studentship is intended for candidates who will pursue PhD research that falls within the following research areas (this list is not exclusive):
- Learning, Identity and Culture Curriculum
- Pedagogy and Assessment Childhood
- Families and Community Educational Purposes
- Ethics and Beliefs Partnership
- Policy and Leadership
Deadline: 17:00 on Monday 25th November 2013
Interview date: In the week commencing Monday 9th December 2013
Start date: January 2014
How to apply: Contact Research Administrator, Marinka Walker
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1865 48 8585
Fax: + 44 (0) 1865 48 6666
Further information: http://www.education.brookes.ac.uk/research/degrees/studentships
Call for Papers: Students in Twentieth Century Europe
Edited by: Jodi Burkett
Contributions of original scholarly work are being sought for an edited volume exploring the role, experiences, attitudes and impact of students across Europe and throughout the twentieth century. Click here for further details.
Since the end of the twentieth century Governments across Europe and University officials have been increasingly concerned about tracking and responding to the ‘student voice’. The experience of students has come to be seen as a measure of quality and a driver of the Higher Education ‘market’. This volume seeks to historicise these concerns both by placing them within their specific historical context and by exploring similarities and differences in student experience across space and time.
If you are interested in contributing to this volume please send an abstract of 300-500 words plus a one-pay CV or short biography to Dr Jodi Burkett (email@example.com) by 31st October 2013. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their work by 2nd December 2013 and full contributions of 6000-8000 words will be expected by 30th May 2014.
Gabbitas & Thring Archival Materials
Gabbitas & Thring was established in 1873 as an agency for the recruitment of schoolmasters to English public schools. Over the years notable recruits have included Evelyn Waugh, Edward Elgar, H. G. Wells, John Betjeman, John Cowper Powys and W. H. Auden. Still a leader in educational recruitment, Gabbitas today offers a wealth of expertise on all aspects of education in the UK. Its central office in London houses a treasure trove of archive material - correspondence and reports on both its starry recruits and a lost world of schooling (including all kinds of minutiae, such as Lord Haw Haw's registration card with the word HANGED stamped across it). Gabbitas would be keen to find an author interested in the history of tutoring/independent schools and the potential of this untouched storehouse of material. If you are interested in making use of this archive, please contact Tim Blanchard at Tim@communicationsmanagement.co.uk.
A new History of Education Society blog has been set up by Dr Stephen Parker (University of Worcester). If you would like to publish something on the blog, please contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New online community
A new online community space has recently been created for the History of Education Society (HES) through which you are able to contact other HES members, share files and discuss topics of interest to you. Click on the link below, 'sign up', log into your email account, open up the confirmation email and click onto the link to activate your account. Once you have signed up and logged into the site, the HES space will appear in the 'My Groups' section of your ‘My Stuff’ page. If you have any difficulties, please contact Sarah Winfield on email@example.com.
ISCHE 36 London 2014: Education, War and Peace
The International Standing Conference in the History of Education 36, on the theme of 'Education, War and Peace, will be held at the Institute of Education, University of London, between 23rd and 26th July 2014.
Call for papers now open. Deadline for the submission of paper and panel proposals is 30 November 2013.
For further information, please see http://www.ische2014.org/.
Social Change and English: A Study of Three English Departments 1945-1965
A new website has been developed with regard to the three-year project - funded by the Leverhulme Trust - on Social Change and English, 1945-1965. The aim of the project is to produce a history of developments in the teaching of English in three London secondary schools in the twenty years after the war. The research methods involve interviews with teachers and pupils together with the study of documents, photographs and films (including student work). The most immediate aim of the project is to record people's memories while there is still time, and make these available. The website contains information about the schools in the study, the project team and the advisory board as well as publishing interim findings.
Institute of Historical Research: History of Education Seminars - 2013-14
Convenor – Professor Gary McCulloch (Institute of Education, University of London)
All welcome – no advance booking
Click here for further information.
Thursday 26 September 2013 5.30 pm, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way (room to be confirmed)
Professor Miriam Ben-Peretz (Visiting Professor, Institute of Education London) – 'Teacher memories and the history of education: examples and analysis of professional memory’ The seminar will be followed by an informal Reception.
Thursday 7 November 2013, 5.30 pm, Room G21, Senate House, London
Dr Andy Pearce (Institute of Education London) – ‘To “learn lessons” or to think critically?: a history of Holocaust consciousness and education’
Thursday 5 December 2013, 5.30 pm, Room G21, Senate House, London
Dr Jana Sims (Institute of Education London) – ‘Agriculture, industry and culture: The response of the south-eastern mechanics’ institutes as pioneers in nineteenth-century adult education’
Thursday 6 February 2014, 5.30 pm, Room G21, Senate House, London
Dr Philip Gardner (University of Cambridge) – ‘Imperial pedagogue: E.B. Sargant in South Africa, 1900-1905’
Thursday 6 March 2014, 5.30 pm, Room G21, Senate House, London
Dr Marisa Bittar, Dr Amarilio Ferreira Jr (Federal University of San Carlos, Brazil) – ‘History of education in Brazil: the formation of the field and its theoretical influences’
Thursday 1 May 2014, 5.30 pm, Room G21, Senate House, London
Professor Michael Fielding (Institute of Education London) – ‘Alex Bloom – pioneer of radical democratic state education’
Thursday 5 June 2014, 5.30 pm, Room STB2, Senate House, London
Professor Therese Hamel (University of Laval, Canada) – ‘Compulsory education in Quebec: contradictory facets of an historical debate and paradoxes for the future’