The historical research undertaken by Professor E.G. West in the 1960s and 70s helped to shed light on the remarkable growth and development of education in the UK prior to state intervention and also the hidden costs and unintended consequences of all subsequent government interventions.  Understanding how education initially emerged and developed in different countries around the world prior to government intervention remains an important aspect of the E.G. West Centre’s research agenda.  Historical research methods are also utilised to help identify the hidden costs and unintended consequences associated with well intended interventions from both national governments and international aid agencies.

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