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ERIC Number: EJ870850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0030-9230
Colonialism, Education and Social Change in the British Empire: The Cases of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Ireland
O'Donoghue, Tom
Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, v45 n6 p787-800 Dec 2009
This paper focuses on the history of relations between colonialism, schooling and social change in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Ireland, countries that were once part of the British Empire. It indicates that responses to schooling ranged from acceptance and tolerance, to modification and rejection, depending on the country, the issue, and the historical period. There were also differences in the historical connections in schooling between Britain itself and each country: regarding Australia, the relationship was predominantly unidirectional, from the centre to the Antipodes; in PNG British educational ideas which arrived were filtered through the Australian administration; while in Ireland, British initiatives in schooling contributed not only to social change there, but also helped produce loyal personnel to work in Britain and the colonies. Attention is also given to areas of interdependence and interconnectedness, and to illustrating how conducting such case studies is important in order to help counter alternative interpretations promoted by powerful sectors in society in the interest of reproducing their social privilege. (Contains 63 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Ireland; Papua New Guinea