The Life of a School

A Research Guide

by Ivor F. Goodson (Author) Christopher J. Anstead (Author) Gabriel Quiroz (Volume editor) Pedro Patiño (Volume editor)
©2012 Textbook 153 Pages
Series: Counterpoints, Volume 423


In the past decade or so, there has been an increasing interest in employing a combination of archival and life history methods to understand the complexities of schooling. This book explores the history of the Beal Technical School in order to discuss the methods and problems involved in researching the story of an institution. It offers the scholar and practitioner a series of practical guidelines and examples for doing such research. At the same time, it includes elements of the history of a case study, leading to an extended discussion of complex issues of representation that will be of interest to both the new and the more experienced educational researcher. This book is a critical tool for a variety of education historians and researchers.


ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
Education Curriculum Curriculum History
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 160 pp.

Biographical notes

Ivor F. Goodson (Author) Christopher J. Anstead (Author) Gabriel Quiroz (Volume editor) Pedro Patiño (Volume editor)

Ivor F. Goodson is Professor of Learning Theory at the University of Brighton, and Joss Owen Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth (UK). He is the founding editor of the Journal of Education Policy. Ivor is also a Research Fellow at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace. Christopher J. Anstead earned his PhD in History from the University of Western Ontario. He has published a number of studies examining the interplay of leadership, society and organizational culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As the Managing Director of KeyWillow Consulting, Chris now applies those lessons to the present-day world of the private sector.


Title: The Life of a School