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The Origins and Development of the Mechanics’ Institute Movement 1824 – 1890 and the Beginnings of Further Education

Walker, Martyn (2012) The Origins and Development of the Mechanics’ Institute Movement 1824 – 1890 and the Beginnings of Further Education. Teaching in lifelong learning: a journal to inform and improve practice, 4 (1). pp. 32-39. ISSN 2040-0993

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With the rapid developments and changes in the Further Education (FE) sector which have taken place over the last 20 years or so, it is appropriate to pause and question the origins and early developments of adult education and, in particular, the contribution made by the nineteenth century mechanics’ institute movement. This paper questions the hypothesis that mechanics’ institutes failed in offering education of any significance to working class adults. In doing so, the research provides a general history of the movement and its contribution to what became state funded FE which was emerging during the last decade of the nineteenth century.

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Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
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Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2012 11:54
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