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Educating New Zealand

A Note on Sources

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A Note on Sources

The serious student should refer to the Bibliography of New Zealand Education compiled by Mary Mules and A. G. Butchers and published in 1936 by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. This is an exhaustive bibliography running to eighty-four pages and covering official and unofficial publications on every aspect of New Zealand education. At the time of its appearance the only really comprehensive studies were Dr Butchers' two books, Young New Zealand, which covers the period up to the passing of the act of 1877, and Education in New Zealand, which carries on the story until 1929. These are still standard works, which have been drawn on in this and other subsequent surveys. Since 1936, however, the Council for Educational Research has published a number of reports and studies which have added considerably to our knowledge of the education system. Some of these have been referred to in the text—J. C. Beaglehole's The University of New Zealand, Leicester Webb's The Control of Education in New Zealand, H. C. D. Somerset's Littledene, C. E. Beeby's The Inter- page 186 mediate Schools of New Zealand, J. E. Strachan's The School Looks at Life, and John Nicol's The Technical Schools of New Zealand. Other recent studies of importance are to be found in volumes of the English Year Book of Education and the American Educational Yearbook.