The Pearson Group is an international media and education company founded in 1844 by Samuel Franklin Pearson, originally as a small private printing business. The company initially focused on publishing educational materials for students and teachers. In the 1920s and 1930s, the company expanded its reach to include bookselling and newsagents. By 1950, they had become a major publisher of general interest magazines and books in both the United Kingdom and Australia. With further expansion into broadcasting in the 1990s, Pearson has been able to offer a wide range of educational content across multiple platforms including television, radio and digital media services. Today, their portfolio includes some of the world's leading publishers including Penguin Random House UK; FT Group; McGraw-Hill; The Economist Group; ConnectEDU (formerly Global Education Learning Systems); Harcourt Education Services USA; Longman Publishing USA; SCORE! Educational Centers USA; EDIUSecure Inc.; Stokes Educational Research Corp.; STEMscopes powered by Rice University; Schoolnet Inc.; Thomas Learning Solutions Ltd.; SchoolMate Interactive Ltd., among others. Along with publishing their own material directly under several imprints like Prentice Hall or Addison-Wesley Professional, Pearson is one of the largest providers of educational materials on the planet today with products available worldwide in over 70 countries around the world.
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