ERIC Number: ED363528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
It's Different for Daughters: A History of the Curriculum for Girls in New Zealand Schools, 1900-1975. Educational Research Series No. 65.
This book examines the evolution in the education of New Zealand women from 1900 through 1975. Early in the century, differences in boys' and girls' schooling were more visible on the secondary than the elementary level. At the same time, a government report concluded that many parents felt girls needed little more than half the education of boys. Textbooks reflected a perception of the inferior position of women in society. There was special instruction for boys in woodworking, but the girls learned "home science." Literature for girls was chosen for its moral content. Because girls were given little instruction in mathematics and science, there were few women available to teach the subjects. Boys learned about agriculture, while girls learned domestic skills. Physical training was viewed as unladylike, while the arts, particularly singing, were encouraged. Popular attitudes encouraged women to stay at home. Experts blamed education for poor health among women. By mid-century, the government removed many vocational restrictions on women. The world wars had put more women in the workplace. Separate schools were maintained for the Maori, but the students were barred from speaking their native language. Educators sought to make Maori girls good farm wives. There are still differences in the ways schools teach boys and girls. Future planning must account for the fact that women will continue to seek work outside the home. Contains 94 references. (SG)
Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Sex Bias, Sex Role, Social Values, Womens Education
New Zealand Council for Educational Research, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand