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Preserving the institutional memory, Doug Munro

Eminent Victorians: great teachers and scholars from Victoria’s first 100 years ed Vincent O’Sullivan Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, $24.95, ISBN 0 473 06487 1 As every schoolboy and schoolgirl doesn’t know, a book called Eminent Victorians appeared…
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Don’t get your Lyotard in a twist, Peter Munz

University Futures and the Politics of Reform in New Zealand Michael Peters and Peter Roberts Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 0 86469 350 8 During the last fifteen years, our universities have been transformed from moderately well-functioning collegiate institutions educating students…
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From imperialism to managerialism, Michael Peters

Victoria University of Wellington, 1899-1999: A History Rachel Barrowman Victoria University Press, $69.95, ISBN 0 86473 369 0 The press release billed Rachel Barrowman’s book “not a conventional institutional history” – a fact for which readers have much to be…
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Risky business, Alison Kirkman

Whistle Blower: Abuse of Power in the Church: A New Zealand Story Louise Deans Tandem Press, $24.95, ISBN 1877178780 How dangerous men think and how to stay safe for life Brent Sanders Random House Australia, $24.95, ISBN 0091842093 Touchy Subject:…
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Live and let learn, Jim Collinge

Learning our Living: a teaching autobiography Charmaine Pountney Cape Catley, $29.95, ISBN 0908561865 For many people a teaching autobiography might not seem an exciting prospect. Charmaine Pountney, however, is no ordinary teacher. This book is an account of nearly 60…
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A rebore with the engine running, Harvey McQueen

Reforming Education: The New Zealand Experience 1984-1996 Graham and Susan Butterworth Dunmore Press, $39.95, ISBN 0 86469 334 6 The book’s cover shows five scowling youngsters – not a good introduction to an account of the most far-reaching structural change…
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Freedom within a framework, Harvey McQueen

The Role of the State in Education The Sir Ronald Trotter Lecture delivered by Richard A Epstein New Zealand Business Roundtable, $12.50, ISBN 1 877148 06 7 Worldwide, education is under criticism. Why? First, after World War II large claims…
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Not a useful guiding light, Neil James

In Search of the Virtual Class John Tiffin and Lalita Rajasingham Routledge, $54.95, ISBN 0415124832 Of all parts of our society education has been said to have undergone the least change over the past 100 years. A farmer from last…
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Barbarians at the gate? Penny Fenwick

A Shakeup Anyway ‑  Government and the Universities in New Zealand in a Decade of Reform Ruth Butterworth and Nicholas Tarling Auckland University Press, $34.95 Universities are amongst the most enduring of all social institutions ‑ a state of affairs…
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Jim Collinge: View from the front window

Education is Change: Twenty Viewpoints Harvey McQueen (ed.) Bridget Williams Books, $34.95 Over the past few months large numbers of Swedish bureaucrats, politicians and educators have been visiting us to observe our education system as it works through the massive…
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