New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 257–267 | Cite as

Emancipation Through Education, The Dreams of Organised Teachers: Remembering Our History Herbison Lecture

  • Joce Jesson


This presentation retraces some of the often forgotten history, dating back to 1860s, of Aotearoa/New Zealand that formed aspects of our education structures. Of particular interest is the relationship between educational innovation and change that came about through the active involvement of teachers as policy champions as they pursued their goal of a professional project, that of building an education system for a nation. These long established but evolving processes form part of the professional identity of teachers across all levels—early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and higher education, with implications for both current and future policy changes. Some aspects have become marginalised, ignored or simply forgotten. This talk foregrounds some of those areas bringing them back in alongside or parallel with the mainstream, to be highlighted in this Herbison address.


Education history New Zealand Historical figures Teachers’ work 


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© New Zealand Association for Research in Education 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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