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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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An important piece of social history, Ruth Fry

Redbrick and Bluestockings: Women at Victoria 1899-1993 Beryl Hughes and Sheila Ahern, Victoria University Press, $29.95 This is not a book for dipping into in order to check whether the achievements of one’s aunt at university are properly recorded. It…
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Comprehensive, practical and well‑informed, Barbara Mabbett

School Textbooks published in New Zealand to 1960 Hugh Price, Dunmore Press with Gondwanaland Press, $33 In introducing this bibliography, Hugh Price modestly invites us to recognise the ‘good case’ for adding educational book publishers, to the teacher-student, relationship that…
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What’s wrong with the new right? Alison Glenny

Superwoman where are you? Social Policy and Women’s Experience Celia Briar, Robyn Munford, Mary Nash (eds), Dunmore Press, 1992, $39.95 Women and Education in Aotearoa II Sue Middleton and Alison Jones (eds), Bridget Williams Books, 1992, $34.95 The sweeping changes…
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