Locating curriculum integration within the historical context: innovations in Aotearoa New Zealand state schools, 1920s-1940s

Dowden, Tony (2011) Locating curriculum integration within the historical context: innovations in Aotearoa New Zealand state schools, 1920s-1940s. History of Education Review, 40 (1). pp. 47-61. ISSN 0819-8691


The concept of curriculum integration has long held appeal as a way to both unite knowledge and meet the educational needs of young people. Yet many contemporary educators have dismissed this concept as a romantic but unworkable idea. Nonetheless, during the more progressive periods in the history of New Zealand education, a few determined teachers, often working on their own in remote rural communities, have implemented some striking and innovative examples of curriculum integration. This paper examines examples of curriculum integration and allied innovations developed by pioneering teachers in New Zealand in the interwar period between the 1920s and 1940s. It draws its data from a doctoral study which traced a century of development of curriculum integration in the USA, Britain and New Zealand. It concludes that some of the largely forgotten designs for curriculum integration developed in New Zealand in the interwar period are similar in intent to the contemporary student-centred 'integrative' model of curriculum integration and may usefully inform the current discourse concerning the design of schooling for young adolescents.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2013 22:57
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 05:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: curriculum integration; integrative curriculum; middle schooling; early adolescent education; New Education era; secondary schools; adolescents; curriculum development; New Zealand
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210311 New Zealand History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/08198691111140802
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23170

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