It was also during this time with the Victorian Education Department that I made numerous submissions to various state and federal education committees. Containing my studies, part-time I completed a PhD at Monash University investigating this phenomenon of the integration of technology and art as a cognitive psychological entity that could be revealed through the visual arts. It was to preceed the two books on curriculum development for the Victorian Education Department.
Whilst involved in education as teacher and lecturer I felt the impulsion to see where it was going in Australia:
This was integrally connected to my basic search for a common core education that would accelerate all education. Submissions were made in 1972 To Unesco in Australia and France to develop visual education. This was also submitted to a Report on Technical and Further Education by the Federal Minister of education (1972-73). Further submissions were made for the “schools in Australia” (Karmel Report) in the same year involving aspects of Junior/Senior High Schools, polytechs , middle level education and raising the High School age.
IN 1974 I developed a scheme for assisting migrants in Australia by investigating the multi-cultural situation in New Zealand. The assisted by other this became the IEM Report that send a variety of suggestions to educational authorities all over Australia. It was proposed to the Federal Government by the then Minister of migration.
I had long been concerned about young people who missed out on a quality of life including the homeless and those with social difficulties.
My own youth in Sea scouting in New Zealand had turned my life around and so I developed “An Outline for an Environmental Cadet Corps”. This was published and distributed by the United Nations association in Canada and submitted to the RSL in Australia. Another anomaly I found in education was the gender inequality in schools and this resulted in a submission to the Committee of Equal Opportunities in Schools, conducted by the Premiers Dept.
In 1977 I again elected to make submission to the Migration Education Enquiry conduced by the Victorian Education Curriculum Service bringing to their attention the 1974 Report which made a host of intervention suggestions. This was followed by submissions in secondary and tertiary education into a Victorian Ministerial Enquiry (Green and White Paper) in which I highlighted the import of an interdisciplinary curriculum an a subject like Graphic communication to have all pupils ‘Learn how to learn’.
It was this time that Dr. Cave who re- mu manuscript for the IEM Report conducted a brief experiment at Albert Park Technical School in the teaching of English integrated with work and tools in the workshop.
I was asked by the Noble Park High School interested in industrial arts programmes to address staff and offer suggestions for greater industrial educational input and school to work transition. A further submission was made to Victorian Ministerial Enquiry into secondary teaching in 1980. This was followed by further submissions through Noble Park High School for a “School to work transition” Course for Level 11 students. It included a request for funds. This was followed in submissions for the South Central Region re-orientation of High and Technical schooling – it included the importance of learning to think to be linked with survival skills. Bentleigh High School became such a complex. This was later to translate to such experiment at Albert Technical School in workshop conditions.
A further submission was made for post-primary schooling to the federal authorities in Canberra to the Y.E.S. (Youth unemployment) for the development of an Environmental Cadet force. Another submission was made to the Ministerial Review on education (the Blackburn Report) not to separate the arts and sciences in the curriculum. This was followed by a submission to the Australian Boy Scout movement to establish sc outing in the main-stream of education; directly to the Rover Scout Commissioner.
In a paper “Environmental Education - a future necessity” I appealed to a United Nations Conference in Brazil for such ‘psychology’. I also proposed the Environmental Cadet Corps for an Australian (Federal) booklet dealing with unemployment.
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