Education and Reform

Peter Hinchliff

in Benjamin Jowett and the Christian Religion

Published in print November 1987 | ISBN: 9780198266884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683091 | DOI:
Education and Reform

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Jowett's serious interest in education developed in the 1840s and early 1850s. He became a tutor in the college and discovered an enthusiasm for teaching. But he also began to think about education in the widest sense, what universities were for, how people ought to be trained for a variety of purposes, and how to test their abilities. In the 1850s he was to assist the Aberdeen administration in the reform of methods of selection for both the Indian and the British Civil Service. Above all he was interested in the reform of the university and the improvement of provision for proper teaching within it. A royal commission was to consider ways in which Oxford might improve itself and institute perhaps the most radical changes to which the university had ever been subjected. Jowett's close friend, Arthur Stanley, was to be its secretary. At this time his friendship with Stanley was one of the most important influences in Jowett's life. They were working together on a projected set of commentaries on the Pauline epistles and developing joint ideas about the nature of the university and what part religion and theology should play within it.

Keywords: Benjamin Jowett; university reform; educational reform; teaching

Chapter.  7416 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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