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ERIC Number: EJ1069646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
The Minister for Education and Sociology of Education: Australian Textbooks 1970-2005
Potts, Anthony
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v31 n1 Article 3 2006
Relations between Ministers for Education and Faculties of Education have often been uneasy. The history of Australian teacher education readily attests to this (Hyams, 1979). This paper uses comments by Australia's then Federal Minister for Education, Dr. Brendon Nelson, on the place and utility of sociology in teacher education courses as a catalyst to examine the content of social foundations of education textbooks for the period 1970-2005. An examination of a selection of the principal textbooks used in Australian teacher education foundations of education courses between 1970 and 2005 is used to test the validity of Dr. Nelson's claims. Furthermore, such an analysis enables the author to ascertain whether, with respect to textbooks used in foundations of education courses, there was a predominance of educational sociology textbooks. Lastly, the analysis provides an understanding of the major focus and orientation of the textbooks used throughout the period.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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