Introduction to the History of New Zealand Education : 9781442510159

Introduction to the History of New Zealand Education

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Pearson New Zealand
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Introduction to the History of New Zealand Education gives an overview of the New Zealand education system from the nineteenth century to the present. It shows that many educational issues of the past are still concerns today.

The book is aimed at students of education, parents, and teachers, as well as members of the general public who are interested in how factors as diverse as poverty, secularism, sanitation, outdoor education, geographical isolation, and migration have all shaped the system to give it its ‘kiwi’ character.

It covers a range of topics including unequal educational achievement, the history of teachers and teacher education, Maori education, and new settlers. Specific chapters describe changing attitudes to gender, disability, socio-economic class and ethnicity and how education is affected by these changes. All educational sectors are discussed: early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary. The book contains an introduction by New Zealand’s eminent educational historian, Professor Roger Openshaw.

Table of contents
  1. Thinking historically: Maori and settler education, Maxine Stephenson
  2. New Zealand education in the twentieth century, Scott Ray
  3. Early childhood education, Iris Duhn
  4. Towards total safety, Ros Sullivan
  5. New Zealand teachers, Margaret McLean
  6. Immigration, languages and education, Sue Gray
  7. Pasifika education: Historical themes, Airini, Manutai Leaupepe, Seiuli Luama Sauni, Patisepa Tuafuti, & Meaola Amituanai-Toloa
  8. Socio-economic class and Maori education, Elizabeth Rata
  9. Girls then, boys now? Louisa Allen
  10. Disability and education, Rod Wills

Contributor biographies

Author biography

Dr Elizabeth Rata is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Auckland and a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Her internationally published research examines the politics of ethnicity as a major force in contemporary social change, with a focus on the use of ethnic and indigenous ideologies by emergent class elites. Her major work is A Political Economy of Neotribal Capitalism (Lexington Books, 2000). She has edited (with Professor Roger Openshaw), Public Policy and Ethnicity, The Politics of Ethnic Boundary-Making (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006), and Cultural Politics in New Zealand, (Pearson, forthcoming. Her teaching includes the Master’s course, Education, Culture and Identity along with undergraduate and doctoral programmes.

Ros Sullivan is a senior lecturer in the school of Critical Studies in Education at the Faculty of Education. Her research interests are teacher education, risk society, health and safety, outdoor education and death studies. She is completing her doctoral study in these areas.