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Education (Theory and Practice)

This guide focuses on UK education, with the collection mainly held at the IOE Library.

Special Collections: Educational theory and practice

The Special Collections at the Institute of Education Library contain a wide range of resources related to educational theory and practice. Among them:

  • The History of Education Collection includes material on all aspects of education, published before 1940. Although the majority of these resources are from the 19th and 20th century, we also hold books published in the 16th, 17th and 18th century. 
  • The School Exam Papers Collection refers to public examinations for pupils aged 16 and 18 and includes publications by the main examining boards. 
  • The Schools, Colleges and Universities Histories Collection focuses on the history of individual schools across the UK, told by parents, pupils, academics, local researchers and many others. 

These resources (as well as the other special collections at the IOE) can only be accessed for reference and an appointment needs to be arranged in advance. Please contact the Institute of Education Library in the first instance. 

UCL Institute of Education Archives

Part of UCL Special Collections, the UCL Institute of Education Archives consists of deposited and donated archive collections. Material ranges in date from the late 18th century to the present day. The collections cover all levels of education from pre-school and school through to further, higher, teacher and adult education, in formal, informal and experimental settings. The Archives have collections on research, practice, policy and thought in education and related areas. They provide a rich resource for the study of education and wider social policy worldwide.

UCL Records look after UCL’s institutional archive, books and other printed material connected with UCL’s history. The institutional archive consists of UCL’s records from its foundation in 1826 to the present day. Collected material includes architectural drawings, card indexes, governance records, staff and student files, and records of general administration.

Archive collections relevant to the study of educational theory and practice include: