A History of Education in Wales
By Gareth Elwyn Jones and
Gordon Wynne Roderick
University of Wales Press pound;15.99 (pbk) pound;35 (hbk)
To many people living east of Offa's Dyke, the history of Welsh education is something of a closed book. The two authors are therefore to be congratulated on producing a work that clearly and interestingly sets out to tell the story of educational developments in the principality covering a span of some 1,500 years.
In a work of slightly more than 200 pages, Jones and Roderick trace the evolution of educational provision in the context of the society and economy of Wales and in the light of relationships with the UK Government.
From the conquest of Wales by Edward I in 1282, the question of national identity was an important one. The uniting of England and Wales in the 16th century made it advantageous for Welsh gentry to learn English, while the majority of the population remained monoglot Welsh, which, the authors pointnbsp; out, affected the provision of formal education for centuries.
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