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Literacy and School Attendance

R. D. Anderson

in Education and the Scottish People 1750–1918

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205159
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676529 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205159.003.0005
Literacy and School Attendance

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This chapter discusses the demand for schools and examines what families sought from schooling and how they used it as well as estimating the extent of literacy and school attendance. The general argument of this chapter is that by 1872 both literacy and attendance were at a high level, and that where national averages fell short this usually reflected localized problems, in the highlands, the big cities, and some industrialized areas. The chapter describes the national picture of literacy and school attendance, regional variations, the 1871 census and patterns of attendance, factories, towns, and working class literacy and school attendance.

Keywords: literacy; school attendance; national averages; regional variations; 1871 census

Chapter.  14570 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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