An investigation of the social construction of early childhood education in The Sydney Morning Herald, 1893 - 1975

Year: 2002

Author: Wong, Sandra

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper reports on the work in progress of a 'history of the present' of early childhood education and care in NSW that examines the emergence of Free Kindergartens at the turn of the twentieth century, through contemporaneous texts, such as pamphlets, newspaper articles, Parliamentary debates and annual reports. It is contended that, within the discourses of Progressivism and Economy, Free Kindergartens were constructed as alternative education spaces for working-class children younger than six years of age, in multiple ways, as education reform, social reform and cost prevention.