Elwyn Richardson QSO (1925-2012)
Elwyn Richardson and the Early World of Creative Education in New Zealand
Written by Margaret MacDonald
From a one-roomed school in the remote Far North of New Zealand, Elwyn Richardson became a radical and internationally-renowned teacher. This is his story and it is as inspirational and timely for educators and policy makers as ever.
This book explores the man and the influence of the innovative pedagogy he developed at Oruaiti School from 1949 to 1962. Central to his philosophy was his use of the natural environment to create an integrated programme of art and science.
Ebook https://mebooks.co.nz/education/elwyn-richardson-and-the-early-world-of-creative-education-in-nz-ebook also available in hardcopy.
"Somehow, I had immense faith in my children. I knew that they had the secret, the way ahead. I was most particular not to push anything! No compulsions - they meant diversions and failure. But I did push succeeding artist/writers/dramatists to move, to proceed, to achieve... I was overcome with joy and excitement as we worked. I hated the end of the day! …We often still held school, for those who wanted to continue, till late in the afternoon"