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ERIC Number: EJ1098551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
The Word Witch at Work in New Zealand's "School Journal," 1960s-1980s: Margaret Mahy's Writing as a Reflection of Pedagogy and the Spirit of the Times
van Rij, Vivien
Children's Literature in Education, v47 n2 p110-128 Jun 2016
Between 1961 and 1984 the renowned New Zealand writer, Margaret Mahy, wrote over seventy-five pieces for the "School Journal" (a graded reading book provided free to New Zealand primary schools since its inception in 1907). It was a liberal humanist period in New Zealand education during which the 1940s' and 1950s' rolling reforms implemented by Clarence Beeby had had time to settle, and John Dewey's progressive system, influenced by ideas associated with European romanticism, had taken hold. With a new appreciation of nationhood and the arts, School Publications sought to publish material that was not only instructional, but also of high literary quality, by reputable New Zealand authors such as Margaret Mahy. Indeed, the "School Journal" provided Mahy not only with an opportunity to publish her vividly imagined poetry and prose, but also with the additional challenge of writing for an audience of Maori and Pakeha primary school children who needed to learn to read. This article considers ways in which Mahy's "Journal" work reflected (or did not reflect) the spirit of the times.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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