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Title: The education of the adult in Plymouth (1808-1941)
Author: Lewis, C. A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3608 8305
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 1980
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The aim of this thesis is to consider the provision made for the education of adults in the Three towns of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse from 1808 - the year of the establishment of the first adult educational institution to be traced - until 1941 - when air raids virtually ended the existing system, and to consider whether the conventional wisdom that the response to this provision was poor, is true. Because bombing destroyed almost all the usual records, it has been necessary to reconstruct the history of virtually all the institutions concerned; largely from newspapers. Thus the bulk of the thesis consists of this reconstruction, but in the process it has been possible to establish, with varying degrees of success, the scale and nature of the response to the educational provision and to compare it with national patterns. Finally, an attempt has been made to relate this, at best average, performance to the nature of the Three towns. The fact that two of the three are heavily influenced by their Services' connection and that the health and housing of all three has been seriously below national standards for most of the period, leads to the conclusion that it is wrong to assess the response of the Three towns on the basis of their gross population figures and that when allowance is made for the distractions of the Services on two of the towns, the remaining town of Plymouth has an educational record that is both good for its population size and having regard to the environment in which she has had to operate
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: History History Education