Histories of Institutions and Social Change

The Education Revolution
Living reference work entry
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


This chapter provides a brief overview of the historical expansion of mass education in the West from a social and institutional perspective. Additionally, the relationship of education with other social institution is discussed. The chapter includes controversies over the conceptualizing of education’s role in social change. The theme of education’s role in legitimating nation-states and world society is introduced, and an overview of education’s influence on changes in other social institutions is presented. The conclusion offers some evidence of education expansion benefits for social transformation and development.


Institutional history of education Social history of education Education expansion Nation-state formation World society 


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  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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