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:

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The stress on continuity and development had been characteristic of Scottish thinking about the educational system. Part of the history of educational change in the nineteenth century lies in systematization: an undifferentiated system in which parish schools, burgh schools, and universities had overlapping functions and were loosely linked by the same religious and classical culture, gave way to a hierarchy of schools with different functions. Education became the mechanism which determined occupations and social privileges. The 1872 Act forms a convenient marker in the narrative of educational change, its significance was political and administrative, but it is clear that the main work of schooling the masses was complete by 1872.

Keywords: systematization; education; 1872 Act

Chapter.  1729 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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