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Quantitative sources for the history of education

Carpentier, Vincent (2008) Quantitative sources for the history of education. History of Education, 37 (5). pp. 701-720. ISSN 0046-760X

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Abstract

This paper proposes a critical reflection on the use of quantitative sources for the historian of education. It identifies and discusses key promises and challenges related to the construction and interpretation of historical statistics in education, drawing on a number of British and some French historiographical examples. Ultimately, the article encourages, where possible and appropriate, a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in order to identify trends and patterns in education and facilitate their contextualisation in terms of processes and meanings.

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Additional Information: This paper proposes a critical reflection on the use of quantitative sources for the historian of education. It identifies and discusses key promises and challenges related to the construction and interpretation of historical statistics in education. The article encourages, where possible and appropriate, a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in order to identify trends and patterns in education and facilitate their contextualisation in terms of processes and meanings. This is an electronic version of an article published in Carpentier, Vincent (2008) Quantitative sources for the history of education. History of Education, 37 (5). pp. 701-720. History of Education is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00467600802056963
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > International and Lifelong Education
IOE Departments > Departments > Lifelong and Comparative Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 17:32
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:13
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/1467
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