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The Black Box of Schooling

A Cultural History of the Classroom

Edited By Sjaak Braster, Ian Grosvenor and María del Mar del Pozo Andrés

This book is about the classroom, the most important meeting place for teachers and pupils in an education building. Our knowledge, however, about what happens inside this space is limited. In many respects the classroom is still the black box of the educational system.
To open up this box, this volume brings together scholars from the disciplines of Art, Architecture, History, Pedagogy and Sociology. They present a wide variety of new perspectives, methodologies and sources for studying classrooms.
The book examines images and representations of classrooms (photographs, paintings and pictures on school walls), writings and documents inside the classroom (school exercise books, teachers’ log books and observer reports), memories and personal experiences of classrooms (egodocuments from teachers and pupils, and oral history interviews), the space and design of classrooms (architecture, school murals and the transformation of space), and material objects in the classroom (school furniture, primers for reading and school wall charts). The essays are illustrated with a unique collection of more than fifty photographs of classrooms in Europe.


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329 Notes on Contributors Ana Maria Badanelli Rubio is assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, Open University, Madrid (Spain) Arianne Baggerman is professor of History of Publishing and Bookshops at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, and associate professor of History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Sjaak Braster is professor emeritus of History of Education at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, and associate professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Catherine Burke is senior lecturer in History of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (England) Jacques Dane is research coordinator at the National Museum of Education, Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Marc Depaepe is professor of History of Education at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Leuven (Belgium) Sarah-Jane Earle is museum educator at the national Museum of Eduaction, Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Ian Grosvenor is professor of Urban Educational History at the School of Education, University of Birmingham (England) Frederik Herman is instructor at Teachers’ Training College, KHBO, Brugge (Belgium) Jeremy Howard is senior lecturer of Art History at the School of Art History, University of St. Andrews (Scotland) Alexander Koutamanis is associate professor of Computational De- sign at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) Kira Mahamud Angulo is assistant professor of History of Educa- tion at the Faculty of Education, Open University, Madrid (Spain) María del Mar del Pozo Andr...

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