We take a broad cultural definition of Education: one which transcends schooling to encompass learning and teaching (formal and informal) at any phase of the life-cycle, in any setting or historical period, including the recent past. As an area of research and teaching, the history of women's education generates cross-disciplinary projects and challenges both boundaries of knowledge and ways of seeing.
The CHWE aims to develop a broad portfolio of research. Current areas of work focus on women and the governance of girls' education, girls and career choice, girls and examinations, women, religion and education, Quaker women and education, gendered history of music education, life history and women's educational writings, imperalism, democracy, national identities, and education.
Image courtesy of Manchester High School for Girls Archive (www.mhsgarchive.org).
Enquiries to Dr C Joy.
We aim to:
- explore the gendered nature of educational provision,practice and thought
- apply gendered and/or feminist approaches to the history of (women's) education
- provide a sound evidence base for policy and practice in respect of education for women and girls
- offer education, training and opportunities for research study in the history of women's education
- foster an active research climate promote seminars, reading groups and conferences disseminate research findings to a range of appropriate audiences, including the professional.
Alumni Voices: The Changing Experience of Higher Education by Dr Stephanie Spencer, Dr Andrea Jacobs and Dr Camilla Leach offers an insight into how the higher education community has changed over the decades. The book explores new ways of writing histories of HE, ways that focus on the day-to-day experience and reflection on those who lived and worked in an institution. From King Alfred's College, briefly University College Winchester, today's modern institution is the University of Winchester. Alumni Voices provides a way of exploring educational change and community evolution by way of lived experience. Winchester University Press 2015.