Environmental factors affecting teaching and learning in North Queensland, 1875-1905

Jabrun, Mary de (1999). Environmental factors affecting teaching and learning in North Queensland, 1875-1905 PhD Thesis, Department of History, The University of Queensland.

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Author Jabrun, Mary de
Thesis Title Environmental factors affecting teaching and learning in North Queensland, 1875-1905
School, Centre or Institute Department of History
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Ross Johnston
Clive Moore
Total pages 275
Language eng
Subjects 13 Education
330102 History and Philosophy of Education
Formatted abstract This thesis is about primary schooling in the region of north Queensland between 1875 and 1905. Specifically, it examines teaching and learning as an interactive process between the participants in the educational enterprise and their particular environments. Guiding the study are ethnographic and narrative approaches which take account of human agency, especially the capacity of the northern communities, including teachers, pupils and officials, to interconnect the diversity of their social and economic landscapes with the formal requirements of secular schooling.
     
In the period from 1875 to 1905, primary schooling expanded in numerical terms but was provided unevenly across the colony at both the system and community levels. Disruption was part of the establishing process, but the location was as much with families, communities and teachers as with the newly-formed Department of Public Instruction. Where schooling took place was important. Throughout the period, north Queensland was considered the frontier region of the State. Undaunted by the difficulties of distance, isolation and climate, settlers were attracted to the pastoral, mining and sugar industries. Given the ephemeral nature of many of the mining settlements, a large section of the population was itinerant and male, often in survival mode in the early years and uncertain of the future. Significantly, the processes for establishing and maintaining schooling were interrelated with diverse forms of regional activity and with the different values and commitments of teachers, pupils and community groups to both schooling and place. The inclusion of schooling within the narrative of regional experiences permitted the following question to be addressed. What different perspectives emerged about the interrelationship of schooling and place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in north Queensland? This is an important question, for it moves the investigation of schooling into a wider social milieu, where the diversity and complexity of teaching and learning may be understood and represented as interactions of human agency with place.
Keyword Public schools -- Queensland -- History
Education -- Queensland -- History
Queensland -- Social conditions -- 1788-1900
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