Lower Technical Education in the Netherlands 1798-1993
The Rise & Fall of a Subsystem

By Jan Wolthuis
November 1999
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ISBN: 9053508619
398 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2"
$37.50 Paper Original

In the rise and change of technical education caused by economical forces, political decisions, or educational motives? To what extent could teachers and students influence the developmentof this type of education?

In Lower technical education in the Netherlands 1798-1993, Jan Wolthuis provides a interdisciplinary study after the origins, growth and decline of Dutch technical daytime education for boys. This type of education is viewed as a subsystem of the national educational system. Schools for lower technical education have risen as a rather independent system in the 19th century. They became a subsystem of the general educational system in the first half of the 20th century. They were incorporated within this system in the second half to such an extent that they lost their independent features.

The study leaves from the theory of Margaret Archer on educational systems. It combines structural and cultural changes with interaction from corporate groups and primary actors.

The history of lower technical education in the Netherlands is characterized by tense relations between private initiative and the state, between education aimed at professional activities and general education, between the interests of crafts and industries and those of teachers and students, and between financial and political motives compared to professional and educational ones. The study is interesting for historians, sociologists, as well as educationists.

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chpater 2. Theoretical framework
Chapter 3. 1798-1863: The Origins
Chapter 4. 1863-1891: The Rise
Chapter 5. 1892-1920: Legislation
Chapter 6. 1921-1945: Centralization
Chapter 7. 1946-1963: Generalization
Chapter 8. 1963-1993: Incorpation
Chapter 9. Review and Conclusions


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