This volume assesses how far the ideas and achievements of the 19th century British Idealist philosophical reformers are  still important for us today when considering fundamental questions about the structure and objectives of the education system in England and Wales. Part 1 examines those ideas of the Idealists, especially T. H. Green, which had most bearing on the educational reforms carried out between 1870 and the 1920s and traces their connection with the philosophy and educational theory of Hegel and other post-Kantians. Part 2 is an historical survey, concentrating on the innovations in the organization and contents of education in England and Wales brought about by the administrators and educationists educated in philosophical idealism. Part 3 considers what relevance the philosophical and practical ideas of this interconnected group of reformers have to education today.

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Part 1 Philosophical idealism and education

chapter 1|8 pages


chapter 2|8 pages

Nature, man and God

chapter 3|8 pages

Morality and community

chapter 4|9 pages

Society and the state

chapter 5|12 pages


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Part 2 The work of the educational reformers

chapter 6|16 pages

The Oxford influence

chapter 7|32 pages

Adult education

chapter 8|28 pages

Towards a national system of education

chapter 9|8 pages

Religion, idealism and education

chapter 10|18 pages

Idealists as educational theorists

chapter 11|13 pages

The decline of idealist influence

part |1 pages

Part 3 The idealist legacy today

chapter 12|20 pages

Education and its aims

chapter 13|9 pages

The realization of educational aims

chapter 14|2 pages

The theory and practice of education