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- DescriptionProfessor Paul H. Mattingly's The Classless Profession: American Schoolmen of the Nineteenth Century is unquestionably a major contribution to the history of American education. It rests on a thorough command of the scholarship of the field and on a shrewd and original analysis of a great body of primary materials, many of which have t previously been carefully exploited. -- Merle Curti, University of Wisconsin, Pulitzer Prize Winner Mattingly's study should be read by everyone interested in the development of the public schools and of the teaching profession, and especially by those whose criticism of today's schools derives from a belief that things were much better in the 1870s than the 1970s. -- Albert Shanker, United Federation of Teachers Mattingly's book is superlative in its exploration of the distinctive cultural qualities of the teaching profession. -- Joseph Kett, Review of American History What remains solid and permanently useful...is his intellectual history of early leaders - the best such study to date. -- David Tyack, Journal of American History Mattingly is at his best describing the variegated experiences of early teachers as they sought to transform teaching from a haphazard, seasonal occupation to a developing profession. He explores the dynamics of career choice for teachers with subtlety and insight. -- Julia C. Wrigley, American Education Research Journal The Classless Profession traces the history of the special pride teachers took in the depoliticized image of their work. This image of a classless profession, one which preferred class ideology t advanced any social group over ather, necessitated costs which teachers then and since have often igred. In an effort to describe the process of constructing this profession - its images, behavioral routines and institutional structures - this study also assesses the historical forces which actually have favored certain social groups and certain educational ideologies over others. This eye-opening work is unique in that it features interdisciplinary methodology which draws on sociological, demographical, and historical methodologies and delineates career-line analyses of several generations of schoolmen. It should prove vital reading to all those involved in the profession as well as the process of education - i.e. teachers, sociologists, social and educational historians, school planners and educational policy-makers, unionists and administrators alike.
- Author BiographyPaul H. Mattingly is currently Associate Professor of Educational History at NYU. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (AB) and received both MA and Ph.D degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin. he has taught in the History Department and Department of Educational policy Studies of the University of Wisconsin and has been with NYU since 1968. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Historical and Philosophical Foundations at new York University wince 1974. Professor Mattingly has published articles and reviews on various subjects in social and educational history in Teachers College Record, History of Education Quarterly, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of American History, Educational Studies and History of Education (England). He is the editor of the History of Education Quarterly and currently holds a Spencer Fellowship of the National Academy of Education. He is co-editor, with Michael Katz of Education and Social Change in Canada, to be published by the NYU Press in 1975.
- Author(s)Paul H. Mattingly
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/1975
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight386 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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