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Progressive Retreat
A Sociological Study of Dartington Hall School 1926–1957 and some of its former pupils


  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521134842

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  • In 1926, Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst founded Dartington Hall School. Next to Summerhill it was the most influential and important independent school in England when this book was published in 1977. As such it represents a rich vein of alternative education sponsored by middle-class liberal intellectuals in an attempt to escape the orthodoxy of state educational provision. Yet, little evidence existed as to whether these experimental ventures actually worked or even how they might be evaluated. This book represents a fresh attempt to apply explicitly sociological methods to these questions. Maurice Punch critically scrutinises progressive education's avowed aims to revolutionise the school, to save society from its own destruction, and to produce a renewed type of man and woman.

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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521134842
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction on behalf of Dartington Hall trustees
    1. Introduction: the children of the new era
    Part I. Looking Back at the School
    2. An historical sketch of the school 1926–1957
    3. The parents
    4. The children
    5. Social control
    6. The children's world
    7. The academic system and the staff
    Part II. Life After School
    8. Leaving school
    9. Work
    10. Marriage and children
    11. The progressive life-style
    12. Conclusion: Dartington, the progressives, and the anti-institution

  • Author

    Maurice Punch

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