ERIC Number: EJ1033570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Nature Study, Aborigines and the Australian Kindergarten: Lessons from Martha Simpson's "Australian Programme Based on the Life and Customs of the Australian Black"
History of Education, v43 n4 p487-503 2014
This article examines an experimental kindergarten programme "Work in the Kindergarten: An Australian Programme based on the Life and Customs of the Australian Black" developed by Martha Simpson in early twentieth-century Australia. Here Simpson adapted international Revisionist Froebelian approaches to cultural epoch theory and nature study in an Australian context. Accepting that human development recapitulates, Simpson posited that Aboriginal culture could serve as stimulus for age-appropriate and improving child-centred activities. Local contingencies, including histories of violent cross-racial encounter, complicated an attempt by kindergartener Helen Beaumont to apply the programme in the Sydney slum suburb of Leichhardt. These contingencies are documented and analysed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Indigenous Populations, Culture, Experimental Programs, Outdoor Education, Educational History, Theory Practice Relationship, White Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia