The History of Education Society grew from the intellectual ferment and institutional transformations in the field of the history of education. Although some work in this area had been done in the late nineteenth century, Ellwood P. Cubberley and Paul Monroe formalized history of education as an academic subject with their institutional, proselytizing style during the first half of the twentieth century. As a service course for prospective classroom teachers, history of education extolled the institutional evolution of the public school system and portrayed it as an inevitable outcome of consensus forged by a democratic society.

This field of study first assumed institutional form in 1948, when the History of Education Section appeared under the auspices of the National Society for College Teachers of Education, ...

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