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British Nurseries, Head and Heart: McMillan, Owen and the genesis of the education/care dichotomy

Liebovich, Betty and Jarvis, Pam. 2015. British Nurseries, Head and Heart: McMillan, Owen and the genesis of the education/care dichotomy. British Nurseries, Head and Heart: McMillan, Owen and the genesis of the education/care dichotomy, 24(6), pp. 917-937. [Article]

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This article explores the origins of the modern nursery school in England, focusing upon the early work of the Nursery School Association and its internal debates, with particular consideration of the contributions of the first president and first secretary of the association, respectively Margaret McMillan and Grace Owen. It reflects upon dichotomies within the constructions of the purposes of the nursery espoused by these women and their supporters, essentially rooted in a care versus education debate, and the consequent differences in their orientations to the maternalist milieu that formed a backdrop to their activities. While the dispute between McMillan and Owen has been all but forgotten, similar dichotomies continue within policy creation for modern nursery classes and day-care environments.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2015.1025662

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2 April 2015Published

Item ID:

22014

Date Deposited:

23 Oct 2017 10:02

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2017 10:02

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22014

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