Researching kindergarten: the endeavours of women for the play of children
The Public History Talks are hosted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage History Group at the National Library of New Zealand. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month from March to November.
- Date: Wednesday, 4 July, 2018
12:10pm to 1:00pm
Free. Booking is not required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Growing a Kindergarten Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand
Hear Helen May and Kerry Bethell talk about their new book Growing a Kindergarten Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand. The book is part of a broader NZ Kindergarten History Project.
Helen and Kerry have travelled extensively around kindergarten historical sites and archives, gathering new sources for their research.
Kindergarten and its links to women's suffrage
Growing a Kindergarten Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand describes the:
- beginnings of Kindergarten and its links to women’s suffrage, and
- research and recovery of the several kindergarten biographies.
Photographs across the eras
The talk will feature a selection of photographs across the eras showing:
- kindergarten activities and celebrations
- the work of teachers
- buildings and architecture
- gardens and outdoor play, as well as
- kindergarten politics and protest.
About the speakers
Helen May, Emeritus Professor University of Otago and Kerry Bethell, retired senior lecturer, Massey University are historians of early childhood education who have published and presented, nationally and internationally.
Growing a Kindergarten Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand is their first joint publication.