ERIC Number: ED450380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
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English Curriculum and Citizenship in South Australia from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Cormack, Phil; Grant, Pat; Kerin, Rosie
This paper reports on a work in progress, a critical-historical study which considers two issues: (1) the nature and scope of the English curriculum in primary and secondary schools in South Australia from the 1920s to the 1950s; and (2) the role of schooling in shaping young people as future citizens for a nation in a time of great change. The paper states that, based on previous work in school and curriculum history, the study explores, in one local site, the role of English curriculum and the English teacher in shaping the character of the student and promoting a suitable form of citizenship. According to the paper, this research takes up the challenge of exploring these largely unexamined years of English teaching to supplement English curriculum history. It focuses on one of the research aims--to collate and map the shape and nature of the primary and secondary English curriculum in South Australian schools from the 1920s to the 1950s. The paper's remaining sections report on aspects of the work conducted so far. It begins by briefly introducing the methodological approaches underpinning the research, then provides an overview of the primary curriculum during those years, followed by an examination of the reading component of the primary English curriculum for this period. It then "maps" the four different kinds of post-primary schooling that were established in this period with their accompanying curricula and follows this with an analysis of the curriculum developed for one of these--high schools. The paper concludes with a brief summary and some implications for further work arising from the research. (Contains 5 figures, 27 tables, and 18 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational History, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English Curriculum, English Teachers, Foreign Countries, School Role, Tables (Data)
Full text at: http://www.aare.edu.au/00pap/cor00029.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia