This session is designed to support GCSE and A Level Sociology Education option topics and gives students the opportunity to apply and develop ideas and understanding relating to education within a historic context while making use of documents, photographs, books, oral history records and other items from the collection.
A typical visit lasts around three hours and begins with an 1840 Monitorial demonstration lesson and a 1880 Gallery demonstration lesson, which illustrates the way in which attitudes to educating the poor and the methods used changed during the 19th century. This is then followed by a collection based investigative session that extends the period up to the late 1960s. Its purpose is to get students to use a variety of sources of information to examine issues, construct arguments and develop conclusions. In this case students will use the information available to critically examine some widely accepted assumptions and stereotypes relating to gender and discipline that exist and are perpetuated with regards to the history of education.
Cost: £6 per head
Duration: 3 hours
Group size: Maximum 33 pupils
Topics: Sociology, History, English