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Representation and use of aboriginality in a post‐federation kindergarten setting An early curriculum innovation by Martha Simpson

Representation and use of aboriginality in a post‐federation kindergarten setting An early... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine an experimental neo‐Herbartian and Frobelian curriculum Work in the kindergarten: An Australian programme based on the life and customs of the Australian Black published by Martha Simpson in 1909. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses both primary and secondary sources to understand the context of production and reception of the settler narratives advocated for use in the curriculum. Simpson's curriculum and other primary literary texts provide case study examples. Findings – The research found that colonial and imperial literary texts provided a departure point for learning activities, enabling the positive construction of white Australian identity and the supplantation of Aboriginal people in a post‐federation kindergarten setting. Originality/value – By considering the role of imperial and colonial narratives in post‐federation experimental curriculum, this paper offers insight into the role such narratives played in the formation of Australian national identity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

Representation and use of aboriginality in a post‐federation kindergarten setting An early curriculum innovation by Martha Simpson

History of Education Review , Volume 43 (1): 17 – May 27, 2014

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0819-8691
DOI
10.1108/HER-11-2012-0040
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine an experimental neo‐Herbartian and Frobelian curriculum Work in the kindergarten: An Australian programme based on the life and customs of the Australian Black published by Martha Simpson in 1909. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses both primary and secondary sources to understand the context of production and reception of the settler narratives advocated for use in the curriculum. Simpson's curriculum and other primary literary texts provide case study examples. Findings – The research found that colonial and imperial literary texts provided a departure point for learning activities, enabling the positive construction of white Australian identity and the supplantation of Aboriginal people in a post‐federation kindergarten setting. Originality/value – By considering the role of imperial and colonial narratives in post‐federation experimental curriculum, this paper offers insight into the role such narratives played in the formation of Australian national identity.

Journal

History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: May 27, 2014

Keywords: Australia; Kindergarten; Children's literature; Aboriginal legends; Aboriginal people; Constance Tisdall; Katie Langloh Parker; Martha Simpson; Rudyard Kipling

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