Powerful Narratives and compelling explanations

Powerful Narratives and compelling explanations

This special issue of the History of Education Review is built around the themes of a joint conference of the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) and the Australian National Museum of Education (ANME) held in September 2017 at the University of Canberra. Along with the central theme of 'powerful narratives and compelling explanations' were four sub-themes: (a) education and its role in nation building, (b) narrative, explanation and interpretation, (c) museums and popular history and (d) biography and history. The selected papers for this special issue all address the central theme, and one or more of the sub-themes.

‘The Right Thing to Read’: A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960,’The system of compulsory education is failing’:  Assimilation, mobility and Aboriginal students in Victorian State schools, 1961-1968,Affective practices and the prison visit: Learning at Port Arthur and the Cascades Female Factory,Australian education policy from the 1970s: An autobiographical approach,Class Wars,Empathy and History,Juliet Flesch, Committed to Learning,Lucky or Privileged? Working with memory and reflexivity,New Education Beyond the School: Rosemarie Benjamin’s Theatre for Children, 1937-1957,Powerful narratives and compelling explanations: Educational historians and museums at work: Introduction,Review of The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice,Section Header,The national in the transnational: the compelling story of Anna Marie Hlawaczek in the New South Wales colonial teaching service,The partnering of museums and academics: working together on history that matters,The unsaintly behaviour of Mary Mackillop: her early teaching career at Portland,Totalitarian school politics during fascism in Italy and their transgenerational effects,University Jubilees and University History Writing

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