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LPLC: The Schooling Australia Project

New South Wales: Primary English Curriculum


Basic course statements

The Department of Education, New South Wales, published the Course of Instruction for Primary Schools for the years 1905, 1916, 1922, 1925, 1928, and 1932. The general Course Introduction and The Course of Instruction and Notes on the Syllabus for the subject English are available below as a PDF file of the scanned document. Download Adobe Acrobat

1905

1905 Preface & Introduction (PDF 2.28Mb)
1905 Course of Instruction pp.1-5 (PDF 1.3Mb)
1905 Course of Instruction pp.6-13 (PDF 4.23Mb)
1905 Notes on the Syllabus pp.18-21(PDF 1.92Mb)
1905 Notes on the Syllabus pp.22-25 (PDF 2.18Mb)

1916

1916 Preface & Introduction (PDF 1.2Mb)
1916 Course of Instruction & Notes on the Syllabus pp.17-28 (PDF 1.55Mb)
1916 Course of Instruction & Notes on the Syllabus pp.29-45 (PDF 1.74Mb)

1922

1922 Preface & Introduction (PDF 1.21Mb)
Course of Instruction

1925 (Reprinted 1928; 1929; 1932; 1935; 1936 and 1937)

1925 Preface & Introduction (PDF 1.28Mb)
Course of Instruction

1928

1928 Preface & Introduction (PDF 724kb)

1932

1932 Preface & Introduction (PDF 716kb)

The Department of Education, New South Wales, published the Course of Instruction for Aborigines' Schools for the years 1916 and 1927 (Reprinted). The Course of Instruction is available below.

1916 (1927)

1916 (1927) Course of Instruction for Aborigines' Schools (PDF 1.2Mb)

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Supplementary curriculum materials

The Jones System of Teaching Reading

The Jones System of Teaching Reading Lesson 1The Jones System of Teaching Reading was a phonetic method of teaching children to read based on an association between hand movements (hand play), sounds, diacritical marking of the words that they were learning to read and the letter equivalent.

Devised by George Jones during his appointment to Bundarra Public School, NSW, from the late 1880s to 1920, the method involved a newly formulated phonetic alphabet consisting of letters and signs.

Interested by the considerable success of the method, the Education Department recommended and sponsored the approach over the next five years.

Jones produced a number of publications and a series of textbooks about The Jones System of Teaching Reading. These and additional references to the Jones Method, which appeared in education journals during this period, are listed below and available to download.

For further reading on The Jones System of Teaching Reading see the following publication

Green, B. and Reid, J. 2001, Historicising the 'Methods' debate: Reading Pedagogy and Primary English Teaching in Australia., British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, September 13-15.
Green & Reid 2001 Abstract
 

Publications

The Jones System of Teaching Reading: First Primer

The Jones System of Teaching Reading: Handbook for Teachers

Additional references to The Jones System of Teaching Reading

EDUCATION Journal 1920

EDUCATION GAZETTE

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Key documents

The selected key documents below were published in The Australian Journal of Education

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Analysis

The Prefaces of NSW primary syllabuses were analysed from 1905-1925 to indicate the modifications that were made to them between publications. Select NSW analysis (PDF 112Kb) to view the changes in the preface of NSW primary syllabuses.

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