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History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory: People, Programs, Policies

History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory: People, Programs, Policies HER History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory: People, Programs, Policies 48,1 Edited by Disbray Samantha, Devlin Brian Clive, Devlin Nancy Regine Friedman Springer Singapore ixþ375pp. ISBN: 978-981-10-2076-6(hbk) Keywords History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory Review DOI 10.1108/HER-06-2019-068 It was a devastating car crash involving educators from the NT bilingual program that reminded the editors of this book of the fragility of history – and so set them on the journey of pulling this remarkable collection together. Their concern to widen the understanding of the Northern Territory Aboriginal language bilingual program’s achievements is one shared by many educators, linguists, academics and otherwise enthusiasts who have found themselves at the center of what really can fairly be described as one of the most innovative – and controversial – educationaleventsin latemodern history. Kim Beazley Snr maintains he was shaving one morning, early in the days his tenure as the Whitlam Government’s Education Minister, when he decided that bilingual education might be a good idea. That led to the federal government’s decision in 1973 to fund five pilot programs; by 1995, there were 21 programs in motion (p. 1). Many used a “step model,” introducing initial literacy in a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory: People, Programs, Policies

History of Education Review , Volume 48 (1): 2 – Jun 3, 2019

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HER History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory: People, Programs, Policies 48,1 Edited by Disbray Samantha, Devlin Brian Clive, Devlin Nancy Regine Friedman Springer Singapore ixþ375pp. ISBN: 978-981-10-2076-6(hbk) Keywords History of Bilingual Education in the Northern Territory Review DOI 10.1108/HER-06-2019-068 It was a devastating car crash involving educators from the NT bilingual program that reminded the editors of this book of the fragility of history – and so set them on the journey of pulling this remarkable collection together. Their concern to widen the understanding of the Northern Territory Aboriginal language bilingual program’s achievements is one shared by many educators, linguists, academics and otherwise enthusiasts who have found themselves at the center of what really can fairly be described as one of the most innovative – and controversial – educationaleventsin latemodern history. Kim Beazley Snr maintains he was shaving one morning, early in the days his tenure as the Whitlam Government’s Education Minister, when he decided that bilingual education might be a good idea. That led to the federal government’s decision in 1973 to fund five pilot programs; by 1995, there were 21 programs in motion (p. 1). Many used a “step model,” introducing initial literacy in a

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History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 3, 2019

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