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This chapter explores the kinds of engagement with historical sources of evidence that constitutes historical research in the field of education. In doing so, it assesses the kinds of historical sources that can be deployed as evidence to support a fuller understanding of education, and the methodological issues that arise from these (see also McCulloch and Richardson, 2000 for an earlier and more detailed discussion of related issues).
There is first of all a range of published and readily accessible sources that may be used for this purpose. These include published policy reports, records of parliamentary debates, contemporary books and treatises, textbooks, autobiographies, newspapers, periodicals, novels, short stories, children's books, comics, drama, poetry, and art.
Other kinds ...