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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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Challenged and challenging, Margaret Tennant

Politics in the Playground Helen May Bridget Williams Books with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, $39.95, ISBN 1877242187 “Unfortunate Folk”: Essays on Mental Health Treatment 1863-1992 ed Barbara Brookes and Jane Thomson Otago University Press, $39.95, ISBN 187727609X…
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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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Beeb without the warts, Jim Collinge

To The Fullest Extent Of His Powers: C E Beeby’s Life In Education Noeline Alcorn Victoria University Press, $49.95, ISBN 0 86473 353 4 About 20 years ago I met an old doctor. On learning that I was involved in…
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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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Tertiary fees and simple minds, Alistair Shaw

Cultural Politics and the University in Aotearoa/New Zealand Michael Peters (ed) Dunmore Press $39.95 ISBN 0 864 69306 0 Investing in Minds: the Economics of Higher Education in New Zealand Sholeh A Maani VUW Institute of Policy Studies $30.00 ISBN…
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Rocking the cradle, Kath Bennett

The Discovery of Early Childhood Helen May Auckland University Press with Bridget Williams Books co-published with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research $39.95 ISBN 1 86940 166 2 The Next Generation: Childrearing in New Zealand Jane & James Ritchie…
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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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