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On Whiggish Approach and the Interpretation of History of Education



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The main purpose of this paper is to reconsider the Whig Party’s interpretation of history and to review two key connotations of this interpretation, i.e., progressivism and presentism. Revisionist historians and historians of education since the 1960s have criticized certain kinds of historical writings. However, based on personal research done in the past few years, the author here reconsiders the rationality of the revisionists’ critique. Finally, the author revises the judgment of "whiggishness" and agrees that the viewpoint of progressivism and presentism could be used in the study and interpretation of the history of education, under certain conditions and limitations.


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