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Lottie Hoare


Teaching Associate

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  • BA History, University of Cambridge (MA Cantab)
  • MA History of Education, Institute of Education, University of London (Distinction)
  • PCert, Emotional Aspects of Teaching and Learning, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • History of Education Society (UK) (Postgraduate Representative 2012–2016)
  • International Standing Committee for the History of Education (Student Member of ISCHE Executive 2014)
  • BERA

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My current role as a researcher for the project ‘Sir Alec Clegg Revisited’ concerns the experiences of young people and teachers in schools in the West Riding of Yorkshire during the period 1945–1974. Alec Clegg was the Chief Education Officer for this region during this period. The project also examines Clegg’s contributions to the Plowden Committee Report of 1967.

Since October 2013, I have been working on an AHRC funded PhD, supervised by Catherine Burke and due for submission during 2017. The title is: ‘Secondary Education in BBC broadcast 1944-1965: drawing out networks of conversation and visions of reform’. This study analyses how local authority secondary schooling in England and Wales was represented in non-fiction BBC radio and television coverage.

I analyse both the archival content of BBC radio discussion programmes and television documentary; tracing the networks of individuals who created these programmes in the two decades after the 1944 Education Act.

I am also interested in the development of visual methodologies involving drawing as a form of transcription in archival research. I have previously worked as a History and English teacher in schools and as a freelance writer covering various topics including craft history and children’s drawings. Since 2014 I have lectured at the Faculty of Education on Tripos Papers.

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Research Topics

  • History of Education
  • The Role of Broadcasting in Public Education

Current Research Project(s)

  • 'Sir Alec Clegg Revisited’ is a one-year research project for the academic year 2016/2017 funded by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant. The project is led by Catherine Burke. The object of the project is to evaluate the significance for educational history and current practice of the career of Sir Alec Clegg (1909-1986). Regarded by many as the most significant educational administrator of the 20th century, his philosophy of practice was innovative, collaborative and admired by progressive educators, inspectors, architects and school planners in the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
    2017 marks the anniversary of the Plowden Committee Report, Children and Their Primary Schools (1967). The project will draw together expertise from across a range of disciplines including history, architecture, the cultural industries, education and policy to present their particular appreciation of the influence of Alec Clegg in these respective fields. These contributions will subsequently be developed as a book project.

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  • Undergraduate
    • 2014 – 2017, Lecturer for Tripos Papers Modernity Globalization and Education and History of Education Prelim and Part I.
    • Supervising Undergraduates on the above Papers and Research & Investigation.

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Principal and Recent Publications

Hoare, L (2017) "The school career of the child as a unity": John Newsom's involvement with the BBC, 1934–1971 Paedagogica Historica (Published Online 17 January 2017

Hoare, L. (2016). Dons not clowns: Isaiah Berlin challenges Richard
Cawston’s edit of the educator. History of Education (Journal of the History of
Education Society) Vol. 46, 2017, issue 1 (Published Online 15 August 2016)

Hoare, L. (2012). Margaret Miles: the educational journey of a comprehensive school
campaigner. FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, Vol. 54, No.1.