Papers of Gabriel Goldstein

Scope and Content

This catalogue is largely based upon the original list written by Gabriel Goldstein and donated along with the materials which constitute this collection. It has been pared down considerably here in the interests of neutrality and ease of access, but the original document written by Goldstein is available to view in the archives reading room or via email enquiry - .

Please note that Goldstein's catalogue, while full of a great deal of unique material and insight, represents his own subjective opinion of the materials contained within this collection.

This collection contains various professional papers, students' work, and training materials (including some VHS recordings) concerning the development and use of computing and information/educational technologies in schools and teacher training institutions in England during the years 1967 to 2000. The ways HMI worked whilst in the DES and, after 1992, in OFSTED, are also reflected in these papers and thus various related developments in administrative and managerial arrangements are also collected here. The 15 series in the collection are thematic, based on Goldstein's own arrangement and filing system and the titling mostly reflects this.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gabriel Goldstein worked as a HMI, specialising in computing and information technology in schools. His collected papers reflect the growth of educational interest in the use of calculators, computers, control and information technology in schools. His work within this context as a HMI illustrates how the inspection and the policies of central and local government reflected this growing interest in technology and how this interest led to systematic mechanisms to support 'information and communications technology' (ICT) as an identifiable element of a school's curricular and material provision. During the period of his work, ICT gained recognition as a resource for learning, as a subject of study and as a focus for (initial and in-service) training of teachers.

By the 1990s, information technology was first introduced as a part of the National Curriculum of schools, and later as a specialist subject in teacher education. In addition, teachers of all subjects received initial and in-service education in the use of information technology as a resource in teaching various subjects.

During the period in question, the Inspectorate's structure of specialist HMI committees grew to accommodate new specialist interests. In addition to the committee on Mathematics and Computing in Further and Higher Education, HMI Committees were also later established for such areas as Educational Technology; Computing (as a subject in schools); and Information Technology in the School Curriculum.

Goldstein's papers consist of materials assembled during the course of his work, and materials created by his predessors who had previously held national responsibility for computing and information technology in schools and teacher education. The HMI responsible for computing during this period were: from c.1969 to 1975, Barbara Dutton (Hornsby) and Robert Lyness; from 1975 to about 1985, Michael Girling; and from 1983 to 2000, Goldstein himself (specialising in information technology, and then also computing).

List of relevant acronyms:

A-Level Advanced Level of the GCE

ACITT Association of Computing and IT Teachers

AS-Level Advanced Supplementary level of the GCE

AT Shorthand for "Advisory Teacher" in a specialism; usually employed by LEAs

ATP Approved Training Provider - for NOF-funded INSET in ICT use for learning

BCS The British Computer Society - later The Chartered Institute of IT

Becta British Educational and Communications Technology Agency

BIS Business Information Studies - an examinable subject

C20 The HMI committee on Computer Applications in Schools

C23 The HMI Forum on Information Technology in Schools

C24 The HMI Committee on Educational Technology

CA Careers, or CAED - careers education

CAIS The Communications and Information Systems Domain of the MEP

CAL Computer assisted learning

CBL The Computer-Based Learning Domain of the MEP

CD Compact digital disc

CES Computer Education in Schools Project (on materials for computer studies)

CET Council for Educational Technology

CSE Certificate of Secondary Education

CSt Computer studies, also name of examinable subject at 16+

CiC Computers in the Curriculum Project funded by the Schools Council

Cp Computing, also the name of examinable subject at A-Level and AS-Level

?C Shorthand for "microcomputer" in some handwritten documents

DES DFE Department of Education and Science, and (later) Department For Education

DHSS Department of Health and Social Security

DT, D&T Design & Technology in the curriculum

DoI Department of Indudtry

ECT The Electronics and Control Technology Domain of the MEP

EDP Educational Development Plan, usually for the whole work of an LEA

EN Eng English in the curriculum

ESG Education Support Grant see also GEST

FCC "First Call Centre" designation for HMI working on a central function

FFIOSx.y Framework for the Inspection of Schools section x subsection y, etc

GCE Gebneral Certificate of Education

GCSE General Certificate of Secondary Education

GEST Grants for Education Support and Training - ESG by a later name

GNVQ General National Vocational Qualification

GRIST Grants for In-Service Training

HMCI Her Majesty's Chief Inspector

ICT Information and communications technology (after 1994, often in place of IT)

IEU Industry Education Unit at the Department of Industry

IFIP The "International Federation for Information Processing" professional assocn

INSET In-service training of teachers

INTENT Initial Teacher Education and New Technologies - a NCET-funded project

IT or ICT Information (and communications) technology

ITAC IT acoss the curriculum

ITC Independent Television Commission

ISHE "Info Superhighways for Education"- policy to provide broadband for schools

ITE Initial teacher education

ITT, ITTI Initial teacher training, or initial teacher trainer institution

ITTE Association of lecturers/teachers for "IT in Teacher Education"

JRS Judgement Recording Score (score for an aspect reported in inspection)

KS Key Stage, eg KS2= education in Junior years, for ages 7 to 11.

LA The Libraries Association

LAMSAC The Local Authorities Management Services and Computer Committee

LEA Local education authority

LEATGS LEA Training Grant Scheme

LMS Local Management of Schools (devolving funds - from LEAs- to schools)

LR Learning resources - books, libraries, broadcasts, museum collections, IT

MA Mathematics in the curriculum

MA The Mathematical Association

MEP Microelectronics Education Programme

MESU Microelectronics Education Support Unit

MSC The Manpower Services Commission

MoS Minister of State

MM (used in written material as shorthand for) "Multimedia"

?C Shorthand for "microcomputer" in some handwritten documents

NPR National Point of Reference in HMI for a particular aspect of inspection

NAACE National Association of Advisers in Computer Education

NC National Curriculum

NCC National Computing Centre

NCET National Council for Educational Technology (successor of CET & MESU)

NDPCAL National Development Programme for Computer Assisted Learning

NGfL "National Grid for Learning" - initiative providing broadband links & content

NOF New Opportunities Fund of the National Lottery, that funds ICT INSET from 1998

NoV Note of visit

NPP The National Primary Project of the MEP (from late 1981/82)

PA Publishers' Association

POR Point of Reference HMI, with a particular responsibility or expertise

PGX A DES policy group convened 1977-1981 to discuss the development of microelectronics education and training

PUSS Parliamentary Undersecretary of State

QCA Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

RE Religious education in the curriculum

RIC Regional Information Centre - strategic element of MEP's regional work

ROIE Record of Inspection Evidence

SA HMI Specialist (subject) Adviser (after 1994)

SCAA Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority

SCET Scottish Council for Educational Technology

SCI Senior Chief Inspector

SC Science in the curriculum

SEC School Examinations Council

SEN Special educational needs

SEF Subject Evidence Form (for recording JRS on aspects seen on inspection)

SENCO Special Educational Needs Coordinator in a school

SLA Service Level Agreement or School Libraries Association

SLS School Libraries Service

SLT/SMT Senior Leadership Team or Senior Management Team (in school or LEA)

SoS Secretary of State

SP Subject Profile (see SEF)

TC Teachers centre, eg in a LEA or attached to a provider of training

TC & TCT Technology college, Technology Colleges Trust

TGS Training Grant Scheme

TMT Territorial Monitoring Time (for HMI in the early days of new OFSTED)

TVEI Technical and Vocational Education Initiaive by the MSC and others

TTNS The Times Network for Schools (electronic mail service)

TTA Teacher Training Agency, later named TDA - Teacher Development Agency

WP Wordprocessor or wordprocessing

XC Across the curriculum or cross-curricular

Access Information


Related Material

See DC/KIT for a more general view of HMI work.