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Membership of the National Committee on

Social Science Teaching

The Minister for Education and Science, the Hon. Nigel Bowen, Q.C., today announced the names of the persons who would serve on a newly-created National Committee on Social Science Teaching at the secondary school level.

The Members of the Committee would be:-

Mr E.N. Barker Deputy Director of Secondary Education, Department of Education, N.S.W.

Mr D.M. Bennett Senior Research Officer, Australian Council for Educational Research.

Professor W.F. Professor of Education, University of Sydney. Connell •

Mr T. Jacobs High School Superintendent, Education Department, Tasmania.

Professor K.J. Professor of Economics, Flinders University of Hancock South Australia.

Professor Jean Professor of Sociology, La Trobe University, Martin and Chairman, Victorian Committee of the Social Sciences.

Mr J.W. Mather Director, Development Section, Department of Education and Science.

Mr P.J. McKeown Headmaster, Canberra Grammar School.

Mr D. Mossenson Director of Secondary Education, Education Department, Western Australia.

Professor R.S. Head of Department of Political Science, Parker Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

Mr G.F. Smith Senior Master, Woodville High School, South Australia.



Mr T.G. Tulloch Social Studies Consultant, Education Department, South Australia.

Mr L.G. Winkle Inspector of Schools, Department of Education, Queensland.

The Committee would elect its own chairman.

The Minister wished to thank the members of the National Committee for making themselves available.

As well as the six State Education Departments, the Social Science Research Council, the Australian Teachers' Federation and the National Council of Independent Schools had been consulted in the formation of the Committee.

The Minister traced the development of the Committee from the Unesco Seminar on the Teaching of Social Sciences at the Secondary Level, which had been held in Melbourne in 1967. Arising from the Seminar, a working group had been formed in each State under the sponsorship of the Director-General of Education. From these beginnings came a proposal that the task of developing more suitable courses in the various States would be greatly

assisted by the establishment of a national Committee.

In response to a request from the State Directors-General of Education, the Commonwealth had agreed to the establish-ment of such a Committee and to meet the costs involved in servicing it.

The Committee will be charged with the task of examining goals and suggesting desirable content areas for inclusion in new Social Science curricula to suit Australian conditions. Through the exchange of information on the directions taken in the development of curricular materials in the States it will

exercise a co-ordinating influence on these and will be in a position to suggest ways in which the production and trial of new materials may be assisted. The deliberations and suggestions of the Committee will be reported from time to time to the Education Departments and other agencies represented.

The Department of Education and Science would provide secretarial support for the Committee, which would hold its first meeting shortly, the Minister added.

9 October 1970