ERIC Number: ED248999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Itinerant Teacher Service, Queensland 1901-1930.
The monograph reports on research from primary sources about Queensland's Itinerant Teacher Service from 1901 to 1930. Chapter One traces its history and shows that the Service was inaugurated in 1901 with 1 teacher visiting 103 homesteads having 319 children, reached its peak in 1921 with 18 teachers visiting 1,889 children, and declined until the latter half of the 1920's when it was replaced by the Primary Correspondence School. Tables indicate districts and square miles served, distances traveled, number of children and families served, and number of visits in various years. Chapter Two describes how the Service operated, how teachers moved from homestead to homestead by horse and buggy and later on, by motor car or motorcycle, setting work to be done before their next visit and correcting work done since their last visit. It also describes hardships teachers encountered. The final chapter assesses the contribution of the Itinerant Teacher Service to early Queensland rural education. It is found that although it had its limitations, it did bring a degree of literacy and numeracy to the children of isolated areas and "paved the way" for the smooth induction of a more sophisticated system of rural education, the Primary Correspondence School. (Author/NEC)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland); Itinerant Teacher Service (Australia)
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