Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

McCrone, K. E.,


History, European.



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The 1902 Education Act was the centrepiece of a series of reforms to popular education which began with the return of the Unionist Government to office in 1895 and ended with the Secondary School Regulations of 1904-5. The Act provided the framework for popular education until the implementation of the 1944 Butler Act after World War II. This thesis discusses the educational changes made by the Unionists, and concludes that while administratively satisfactory, there were deficiencies. The opportunities available to children of the working class to obtain a suitable secondary or technical education were sharply reduced: in part because of the inadequate provision of scholarships and maintenance allowances, and in part because of the political decision to end the further development of the higher grade schools, which had been established by the large urban school boards.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .D52. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 33-04, page: 1131. Adviser: K. E. McCrone. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.