Sylvia Ashton-Warner

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Sylvia Ashton-Warner trained at this College 1928-1929.

After a teaching career in rural schools she achieved international fame as a novelist and educational philosopher.

While largely ignored in New Zealand, she was widely recognised throughout the world for her revolutionary ideas on teaching.

She was committed to "releasing the native imagery and using it for working material" and recognised, well before others, the importance of building on the language and knowledge children already have.

In 1980 her autobiography I passed this way won the New Zealand Book Award and in 1982 Sylvia Ashton-Warner was awarded the MBE in recognition of her services to education and literature.

This Library was named in her honour in 1987.

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Selected Bibliography

By Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1985). I passed this way. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed Methuen.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1967) Myself. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1963). Teacher. London: Virago.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1974). Teacher in America. London: Cassell.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1964). Bell Call: a novel. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1966). Greenstone. Christchurch, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1960). Incense to idols: a novel. London: Secker & Warburg.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1958). Spinster: a novel. London: Secker & Warburg.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. (1986). Stories from the river. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder and Stoughton.

Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. Three: a novel. Christchurch, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs.

About Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Clemens, S. G. (1996). Pay attention to the children: Lessons for teachers and parents from Sylvia Ashton-Warner. Napa, CA: Rattle OK.

Hood, L. (1988). Sylvia!: The biography of Sylvia Ashton-Warner. Auckland, N.Z.: Viking.

McEldowney, D. (1969). Sylvia Ashton-Warner: A problem of grounding. Landfall, 91, 230-245.

Middleton, S. (Ed.). (2001). Sylvia Ashton-Warner [Special issue]. ACE Papers: Working Papers from the Auckland College of Education, September 2001.

Reynolds, D. (Producer), & Firth, M. (Director). (n.d.). Sylvia [Motion picture]. New Zealand: Unitel International.

Shallcrass, J. (1984). In memoriam Sylvia Ashton-Warner. Landfall, 151, 342-344.

Stead, C. K. (1981). Sylvia Ashton-Warner: Living on the Grand. In C. K. Stead, In the glass case: Essays on New Zealand literature (pp.51-66). Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press/Oxford University Press.

View a full bibliography of works by Sylvia Ashton-Warner, (214 KB PDF) including editions, impressions and language imprints, short stories, poems and articles.

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