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Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 PES
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
Date(s): 1964-1991
Level of description: collection
Extent: 7 boxes
Name of creator(s): Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain was founded in 1964 under the presidency of Professor Louis Arnaud Reid. Its aim was 'to promote the development and teaching of the rigorous philosophical study of educational questions'. The Society is still active at the time of writing. It holds an annual three-day conference at New College, Oxford, as well as a variety of local branch meetings and conferences. The Society publishes the Journal of Philosophy of Education and IMPACT, a series of policy-related pamphlets.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB), 1964-1991, including Executive Committee minutes, 1964-1980; Annual General Meeting minutes, 1964-1988 and working files of Executive Committee and Annual General Meeting , 1977-1991 (excluding 1980 and 1984). Papers relating to the PESGB constitution, 1983 and amended, 1986. Papers relating to workshops and conferences including Standing Conference on Studies in Education, 1974-1979; the World Congress on Philosophy, 1988; Day conference, 30 Nov 1984; Annual Conference, 1989-1990; Newsletter, 1989; National Conference for Philosophy, 1989-1990 and workshops 1985-1986. Correspondence, 1965-1990, including with the British Society of Aesthetics, 1975. Papers relating to surveys on the Philosophy of Education in Higher Education Departments, 1988 and the PESGB work and activities, 1984. Newsletters and related working papers, 1975-1990; membership files, 1983-1990; information sheets and application forms; papers relating to the Philosophy of Education Society, Australia; press cuttings, 1971; papers relating to London meetings, 1984 and papers relating to the Social Science Research Council, 1975-1976.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:


Collection level description available on-line at the Institute of Education website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Professor Terrance McLaughlin, Chair of the Society, in February 2005.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources:; Mind LXXIV (294): 298.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 2008

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