About the author: Wendy Robinson is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Warwick, Institute of Education. She is former Secretary of the UK History of Education Society and editor of its Bulletin, and an editorial board member of History of Education. She has published a range of essays on the history of teacher training, the professional identity of women teachers, and the education of girls.2002 0-7734-6910-9
Based on new detailed archive and documentary analysis and upon the results of an extensive national survey, this study recovers the phenomenon of the late 19th- and early 20th-century pupil-teacher centre from neglect or misrepresentation. Traditionally, the decline of pupil-teaching and the corresponding rise of an exclusively college-based system has been celebrated as a progressive move. This study contends that this straightforward dichotomous picture is misleading. A fundamental re-evaluation of the later phase of the pupil-teacher era, when preparation was largely given in specialized pupil-teacher centres, helps rectify this distortion.