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Visual History

Images of Education

Ulrike Mietzner, Kevin Myers and Nick Peim

Addressing questions about representation, this book critically explores the potential of different types of visual material to illuminate historical studies. The contributions in this collection range from explorations of picture schemes used in 19 th century classrooms to contemporary popular representations of schooling. Film and photographic images are considered in specific contexts, presenting case studies along with theoretical reflections about methods, values and the very nature of historical studies. Images are examined in children’s literature, in the induction of history of education students, in the recreation of past practices and in the promotion of government policies. Visions of education are put alongside discussion of ‘the visual turn’, its value to historians, its relations with questions about the construction of knowledge and the archive. A range of positions on the visual are represented in the collection. Without presenting an orthodoxy the book aims to promote new awarenesses of this important aspect of education history and the issues it raises.
Contents: Nick Peim: Introduction: The Life of Signs in Visual History – Kevin Myers: Image, Inner Eye and T.C. Horsfall’s Schools’ Picture Loan Scheme – Sirke Happonen: On Representation, Modality and Movement in Picture Books for Children – Ian Grosvenor/Martin Lawn: Portraying the School: Silence in the Photographic Archive – Ulrike Mietzner/Ulrike Pilarczyk: Methods of Image Analysis in Research in Educational and Social Sciences – Minna Vuorio-Lehti: Constructing Firm Faith in Education: Finnish Films in the 1930s and the 1940s – David Limond: Keeping Your Head and Losing it in the Celluloid Classroom: (non)Sense and (Feminine) Sensibility in Two Films of Boarding School Life: If… and Picnic at Hanging Rock – Ken Jones: Rhetorics of Educational Reform: Britain 1945-1947 – Nick Peim: Dangerous Minds? Representing the Teacher – Karl Catteeuw/Kristof Dams/Marc Depaepe/Frank Simon: Filming the Black Box: Primary Schools on Film in Belgium, 1880-1960: A First Assessment of Unused Sources – Catherine Burke: Personal Journeys: An Examination of the Use of the Concept of Time Travel in Constructing Knowledge of Past Educational Spaces – Derek Bunyard: Montage on Autobiography.