Political ideas, values and ideology: a study of the Conservative Party views on education 1944-1966

Shaw, Stephen (1980) Political ideas, values and ideology: a study of the Conservative Party views on education 1944-1966. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis is a study of Conservative Party views on education during the period 1944-1966, and, in particular, it considers the extent to which a ‘conservative ideology’ is implicit in Conservative attitudes and policies.

Chapter one examines some of the ways in which the term 'ideology' has been used. It suggests that it may be used to describe a body of ideas and values which, though not necessarily set down as a comprehensive system of ideas, may be seen to be implicit in the policies and statements of members of a political group. Such an ideology may then be described by theorists, not as a guide to action, but more as a reflection upon past and present actions and attitudes. As such, some ideas associated with conservatism are examined.

Chapter two considers the extent to which a conservative ideology was implicit in the structure of education in England and Wales before World War Two and suggests that Conservative acceptance of the 1944 Education Act, was in part, the result of a shift in attitudes to society and policies within the country.

Chapter three considers Conservative acceptance of the implementation of the 1944 Act, mainly by the Attlee Government.

Chapters four to seven examine attitudes to education during the period of Conservative Government 1951-64 and trace the emergence of the case for comprehensive education and the development of the Conservative case, which, basically opposed a fully comprehensive system. Chapter eight summarises the Conservative position in the mid 1960's.

Chapter nine summarises Conservative attitudes to education 1944-1966 and considers the extent to which a conservative ideology may be seen to be implicit in these attitudes and policies.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Conservative Party, Education, Politics
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Politics and International Relations
ID Code:915
Deposited By:Janet Wharton
Deposited On:01 Oct 2009 17:25
Last Modified:01 Oct 2009 17:25

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