Jim and Jillian Dellit established this website to bring together their various endeavours, to engage with and contribute to the educational community and educational delivery. Jillian is continuing this work both in her own right, and to keep faith with Jim's life, 1947-2014, and their productive partnership 1970-2014.

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January 28

Conversations with Baby Boomer Teachers: Profile 6 posted by Jillian in Biography, History of Education

As a child, F vaguely wanted to be a mathematician. His mother wanted her children to go to university. She had been thwarted in her ambition to go herself. F’s brother, 14 years older than him, had gone to Teachers’ College, then back to university later.

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January 18

Conversations with Baby Boomer Teachers: Profile 5 posted by Jillian in Biography, History of Education

E wanted to be a teacher from the age of about 11 or 12. As he remembers it, this was not planted in his mind by his parents or any particular teacher. He had, for a while, wanted to be a vet or an accountant but his father talked him out of those. There were no veterinary courses available in Adelaide and students travelled to either Sydney or Melbourne to enrol. There was no provision for career counselling at his school. There were no teachers in his family, no university educated people. His parents were ambitious for him. He always knew he would go to university. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.

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January 10

Conversations with Baby Boomer Teachers: Profile 4 posted by Jillian in Biography, History of Education

D’s mother was 100% determined D should go to university.  She didn’t focus on a career – but she knew D needed a career, and teaching presented a pathway via a teaching scholarship commencing in the second-last year of school and continuing through university and teachers’ college.  Her mother had had to leave school at 15. During the War she worked in a munitions factory and when that closed she scrounged for a job. So for D teaching was about a university education – the only pathway that presented itself. She had no idea what careers were available. None of her family members had careers and there was no trained career counsellor available. Her parents had no way of paying university fees.

Teaching was never her passion. Her elder sister went nursing and did ongoing training and education.

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January 1

Conversations with Baby Boomer teachers: Profile 3 posted by Jillian in Biography, History of Education

C, the youngest child in his family, cannot remember a time when he did not want to be a teacher – or an accountant. These were, admittedly, the only jobs he knew outside the family’s sand and gravel business or the suburban streets within which he spent his childhood.

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December 20

Conversations with Baby Boomer Teachers: Profile 2 posted by Jillian in Biography, History of Education

“B” could have been a hairdresser. She would, she believes, have been very happy in that role. She had no intention of staying at school beyond Year 11 until awarded a scholarship. Her older brother, at university on a teaching scholarship, insisted she take up the scholarship and go to Year 12 and attempt  university. She wanted to leave school, but got a scholarship for Year 12 that committed her to teaching.

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Conversations with Baby Boomer Teachers: Profile 1

“A” chose teaching because it was what she knew. The female role models she had were nurses, teachers or office workers. Her parents had only primary school education. She had cousins living in Italy in the 1950s, one of whom … Continue reading

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December 7

My New Project: Baby Boomer Teacher Profiles posted by Jillian in Biography, History of Education

Over the last six months or so I have been working on a new project for this blog. This has arisen because of my interest in the History of Education, my involvement with the Australian College of Educators’ Archives Group and my commitment to telling stories.

My generation of teachers entered the profession under quite specific circumstances – the need for more schools to meet population growth and increased demand for skilled and educated workers to grow the post-war economy and ensure prosperity.

We were, one might argue, very fortunate. We rode the wave of government support and demand for an increased teaching force. On the other hand, as the stories will show, we accepted restrictions, commitments and conditions that would not be widely tolerated today. We took Caesar’s coin, and expected to render unto Caesar that which was his – going where we were sent and teaching what we were asked to teach.

I have to date had conversations with 20 Baby Boomer teachers – that is, those who entered teaching after leaving high school between 1961 and 1976. I have asked them how they got into teaching, where it took them and how they think it shaped both their life and who they became. I have written each on up as a story, or profile. I have made them anonymous both for consistency and to focus on the story rather than on the network of relationships and interactions which is inevitable in the relatively small world of Australian schooling.

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January 6

Review: Studying and Researching with Social Media posted by Jillian in technology in education

It looks bland, but proved to be engrossing and addictively dip-in-able.

I was sent a review copy of Megan Poore’s book, Studying and Researching with Social Media, in the Sage Study Skills Series. The book is aimed at university students and follows her successful Using Social Media in the Classroom , reviewed on this site in 2012. 

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September 14

Lest we Forget- or Fail to Learn posted by Jillian in Curriculum, History of Education

lunchCover On 22 August I attended the 70th Anniversary Lunch of the Teachers’ RSL sub-Branch in The Stranger’s Function Room of the NSW Parliament. I was in Sydney by chance, staying with a friend who was attending the lunch and who invited me to attend as a guest.

It was a remarkable experience.

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June 9

Remembering Jim Dellit posted by Jillian in Curriculum, Education policy, History of Education

Jim Dellit Funeral booklet p1 Many  readers of this blog will be aware by now that Jim Dellit died suddenly of heart failure on 28th May 2014. I have tried to notify as many people as possible, and apologise to any who read it here for the first time. In the coming weeks I will redesign this website. All information and postings relating to Jim will remain accessible and I will continue the work that meant so much to both of us. In the meantime, I publish below links to his funeral orations and some comments on his life as an educator. Students and colleagues who wish to add comments are welcome to do so.

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