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Opening Doors to the Future: Stories of Prominent Australians and the Influence of Teachers

Everyone has memories of their teachers - some good, some not. Education is one of our most universal experiences. In Australia almost all the population attends school for at least 10 years and 80 per cent for 12 years or more. Teachers are often the first significant adults in our lives outside the home. How important are they in our lives? Do they have lasting effects?

Opening Doors to the Future is published in conjunction with the Research Foundation of The Australian College of Educators. In it, Phillip Hughes recounts the experiences of a number of well-known Australians with their teachers. Phillip Hughes has been writing on education since 1958 - mostly in academic journals. In 1998 when he wrote the story of his own encounter with three teachers he received more mail and comment than on any of his other publications. Most people retained vivid memories of their experiences. He noticed that for most of the respondents the stories about teachers of other people moved them to recount their own experiences. This book may well do the same.

From current research we still do not know enough about teaching to guarantee that all teachers will be effective. A more personal study such as this may reveal new possibilities.

Contributors include:

  • John Abernethy
  • Peter Andrews
  • Paul Brock
  • Lyndsay Connors
  • General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC
  • Fabian Dattner
  • Stephen Downes
  • Phillip Hughes
  • Dennis Lillee
  • John Marsden
  • Carmel Niland
  • Claire Smith
  • Dr Charlie Teo
  • Mark Wahlqvist
  • Roderick West
  • Dr Fiona Wood
  • Richard Woolcott
  • Rusty Young
Publication Details
Name of Publisher: ACER Press
Place of Publication: Camberwell, Vic.
Resource Type: Monograph
ISBN: 9780864317018
Publication Year: 2007
Subject Covered: School management; Psychology; Education (Theory & practice)