Between Educationalization and Appropriation

Selected Writings on the History of Modern Educational Systems

Marc Depaepe (Author),

Category: Education

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058679178

Publication date: September 13, 2012

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Advanced reader on the history of education
Developments in educational systems worldwide have largely contributed to the modernization and globalization of present-day society. However, in order to fully understand their impact, educational systems must be interpreted against a background of particular situations and contexts.

This textbook brings together more than twenty (collaborative) contributions focusing on the two key themes in the work of Marc Depaepe: educationalization and appropriation. Compiled for his international master classes, these selected writings provide not only a thorough introduction to the history of modern educational systems, but also a twenty-five year overview of the work of a well-known pioneer in the field of history of education. Covering the modernization of schooling in Western history, the characteristics and origins of educationalization, the colonial experience in education and the process of appropriation, Between Educationalization and Appropriation will be of great interest to a larger audience of scholars in the social sciences.

Part I: Starting from the Belgian case – from schooling to educationalization

1 The School, Cornerstone of Modern Society
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Guide of the Municipal Education Museum of Ypres (Ieper, Stedelijke Musea, 1999) 3-20.

2 The Conquest of Youth: an Educational Crusade in Flanders during the Interbellum Period
M. Depaepe & F. Simon
Originally published in: F. SIMON (ed.), Liber Amicorum Karel De Clerck (Gent, C.S.H.P., 2000) 19-42.

3 The Feminization of the Teaching Profession in Belgium in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
M. Depaepe, H. Lauwers & F. Simon
Originally published in: R. CORTINA & S. SAN ROMAN (ed.), Women and Teaching. Global Perspectives on the Feminization of a Profession (New York, Palgrave, 2006) 155-183

4 The Sacralization of Childhood in a Secularized World: Another Paradox in the History of Education? An Exploration of the Problem on the Basis of the Open-Air School Diesterweg in Heide-Kalmthout
G. Thyssen & M. Depaepe
Originally published in: A. DILLEN & D. POLLEFEYT (ed.), Children’s Voices.Children’s Perspectives in Ethics, Theology and Religious Education. (Leuven, Peeters, 2009) 187-215 (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, 230).

Part II : About the Educationalization… of the West

5 Educationalisation: A Key Concept in Understanding the Basic Processes in the History of Western Education
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: History of Education Review, XXVII,2 (1998) 16-28.

6 Dealing with Paradoxes of Educationalization: Beyond the Limits of “New” Cultural History of Education?
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Revista Educação & Cidadania, VII,2 (2008) 11-31.

7 Educationalization as an Ongoing Modernization Process
M. Depaepe & P. Smeyers
Originally published in: Educational Theory, LVIII,4 (2008) 379-389.

8 About Pedagogization: From the Perspective of the History of Education
M. Depaepe, F. Herman, M. Surmont, A. Van Gorp & F. Simon
Originally published in: P. SMEYERS & M. DEPAEPE (ed.), Educational Research: The Educationalization of Social Problems (Dordrecht, Springer, 2008) 13-30

Part III: The Colonial Context – From Educationalization to Appropriation?

9 Belgian Images of the Psycho-Pedagogical Potential of the Congolese during the Colonial Era, 1908-1960
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Paedagogica Historica, XLV,6 (2009) 707-725

10 Sometimes a Little Distance is Needed to See What Really Happened: The Study of the Belgian Educational Policy in Congo as an Example of the Critical Vigour of Colonial History of Education
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: C. AUBRY, M. GEISS, V. MAGYAR-HAAS & D. MILLER (ed.), Positionierungen. Zum Verhältnis von Wissenschaft, Pädagogik und Politik (Weinheim/Basel, Beltz Juventa, 2012) 219-232.

11 ‘Rien ne va plus …’ The Collapse of the Colonial Educational Structures in Zaïre (1960-1995)
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Education and Society. International journal in education and sociology, XVI,1 (1998) 37-53.

12 How to Research Intercultural Hybridity of the Congolese Elite Through Education During the Postcolonial Era (1960-1997)?*
M. Depaepe
Originally as paper at the 13th biennial conference of International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE), August 15-18, 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 73-84.

Part IV: Appropriation Processes in Theory and Praxis

13 How Darwinism Has Affected Catholic as Well as Non-Catholic Psycho-Pedagogical Constructs in Belgium from the 1870s to the 1930s
M. Depaepe, R. De Bont & K. Dams
Originally published in: Paedagogica Historica, XLVIII (2012) 51-66.

14 The Canonization of Ovide Decroly as a “Saint” of the New Education
M. Depaepe, F. Simon & A. Van Gorp
Originally published in: History of Education Quarterly, XLIII,2 (2003) 224-249.

15 Modern Architecture Meets New Education: Renaat Braem’s Design and the Brussels Decroly School (1946)
F. Herman, A. Van Gorp, F. Simon, B. Vanobbergen & M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis/Revue belge d’histoire contemporaine, XLI,1-2 (2011) 135-166.

16 The ‘Good Practices’ of Jozef Emiel Verheyen – Schoolman and Professor of Education at the Ghent University: A Case of Using Educationally Correct Discourse at the Right Place and the Right Time
M. Depaepe, F. Simon & A. Van Gorp
Originally published in: P. SMEYERS & M. DEPAEPE (ed.), Educational Research: Why ‘What Works’ Doesn’t Work (Dordrecht, Springer, 2006) 17-36.

17 The Practical and Professional Relevance of Educational Research and Pedagogical Knowledge from the Perspective of History: Reflections on The Belgian Case in its International Background
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: European Educational Research Journal, I, 2 (2002) 360-379. (URL:

18 Struggling with the Historical Attractiveness of Psychology for Educational Research: Illustrated by the Case of Nazi-Germany
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: P. SMEYERS & M. DEPAEPE (ed.), Educational Research: The Attraction of Psychology (Dordrecht, Springer, 2012) 11-31.

Part V: The Self-Concept of a Demythologized ‘New Cultural’ History of Education

19 Demythologizing the Educational Past: An Endless Task in History of Education*
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: M. DEPAEPE, Demythologizing the Educational Past: An Endless Task in History of Education, Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, IX,2 (1997) 208-223. Reprinted in R. LOWE (ed.), History of Education: Major Themes, vol. I: Debates in the History of Education (London/New York, Routledge, 2000) 356-370 (Major Themes in Education).

20 How Should the History of Education be Written? Some Reflections about the Nature of the Discipline from the Perspective of the Reception of our Work
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Studies in Philosophy and Education, XXIII,5 (2004) 333-345 (special issue ed. by D. Troehler & J. Oelkers, Historiography of Education: Philosophical Questions and Case Studies)

21 The Ten Commandments of Good Practices in History of Education Research*
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Historiographie, XVI,1 (2010) 31-34

22 After the Ten Commandments … the Sermon? Comments on David Labaree’s Research Recommendations*
M. Depaepe
Originally published in: Bildungsgeschichte. International Journal for the Historiography of Education, II,1 (2012) 89-92

23 Sources in the Making of Histories of Education: Proofs, Arguments and Other Forms of Reasoning from the Historian’s Workplace
M. Depaepe & F. Simon
Originally published in: P. SMEYERS & M. DEPAEPE (ed.), Educational Research: Proofs, Arguments, and Other Reasonings (Dordrecht, Springer, 2009) 23-39.

Marc Depaepe

Marc Depaepe is Professor of History of Education at KU Leuven.

Met bijdragen over de modernisering van opvoeding en onderwijs in de Westerse geschiedenis, de karakteristieken en de oorsprong van de pedagogisering, de koloniale ervaring in opvoeding en onderwijs en het proces van assimilatie en adaptatie, is Between Educationalization and Appropriation een interessant en belangrijk werk voor een breed publiek van studenten en onderzoekers in de gammawetenschappen.
Basis, 22 juni 2013

These studies provide fascinating insights into the historical development of education in Belgium in its broader social context, and international implications and themes are always evident.
[...] we can appreciate, as we should, the depth and range of erudition that underpins Marc Depaepe's historical scholarship and his undoubted contribution to the international field.

Gary McCulloch (2013), British Journal of Educational Studies, 61:3, 364-366

Depaepe is a historian of the highest caliber. His work is rigorous, methodologically sound, unafraid of the sort of philosophical insights that more traditional historians tend to steer away from, and engaging for historians, curriculum scholars and pedagogues alike. I am confident that 'Between Educationalization and Appropriation' will serve both as gateway to Depaepe's works for those not familiar with him yet, and as a testament to the insights and potential of solid historical research in education.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Friedrich, Bildungsgeschichte, International Journal for the Historiography of Education, 2-2013

Por todo ello, el libro 'Between Educationalization and Appropriation. Selected Writings on the History of Modern Educational Systems' se presenta como una excelente recopilación de artículos que muestran a las claras la dimensión que para la historia y la historiografía de la educación tiene la obra de un autor minucioso, preciso, innovador y profundo como lo es Marc Depaepe. Un historiador que es en la actualidad una de las figuras más reconocidas del campo académico de la historia de la educación y que desde hace años ha esempeñado su labor como profesor en la Universidad Católica de Lovaina (Bélgica) dentro de la Facultad de Psicología y Ciencias de la Educación.
Jon Igelmo Zaldívar, Queen's University/Universidad de Deusto, Social and Education History, 2(1), 101104. doi: 10.4471/hse.2013.05

Between Educationalization and Appropriation is a comprehensive work highly recommended for those interested in the history of education. It captures the epistemological and methodological pluralism of the past and present without claiming to act outside of it. Rich in sources and self-reflexive in its style, the book concludes with “ten commandments of good practices in history of education research,” the overarching message of which can just as easily be applied to other fields and to this book: “thou shalt discourse about discourses”.
Claudia Baumann, H-Soz-Kult, 15.03.2013, <>.

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