|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1932, Australia|
|Death: ||Sep. 5, 2010, Australia|
Emeritus Professor Hedley Beare-He was an Australian educator, administrator and author. He led the creation of the Northern Territory and ACT education systems. Beare wrote, co-wrote or edited 18 books and contributed 40 book chapters and hundreds of journal articles. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009. He died in 2010.
Hedley Beare, 1932-2010.
Hedley Beare was the only person to establish two education systems in Australia. He was appointed the first head of education departments in the Northern Territory and the ACT, which meant he led the creation of Australia's seventh and eighth education systems.
Beare also wrote, co-wrote or edited 18 books, mostly on schooling, teaching and curriculums of the future, and contributed 40 book chapters and hundreds of articles in a wide variety of journals.
He had also been a Christian believer all his life. He read widely on church history, and for 15 years wrote columns for The Melbourne Anglican.
Hedley Beare was born on November 28, 1932, in Barmera, South Australia, the son of Frederick and Amy Beare. He went to Unley High School in Adelaide and was the top student in the state in the university entrance examinations. He completed a BA at Adelaide University with a major in Latin, then spent 10 years teaching English, mathematics and Latin at secondary schools.
Beare completed a master's degree in education at Melbourne University in 1965 and later won a Harkness Fellowship. He had married Lyn Foreman in 1956, and the family relocated to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where in 1970 he completed a doctorate of education at Harvard.
Back in Australia, Beare was appointed the first regional director of education. In 1972 the Northern Territory took over its education system and Beare was appointed as the foundation director for education. He was also appointed a member of the NT Legislative Assembly.
Under his leadership there was pioneering work with indigenous education, and with remote schooling, as well as with the early stages of what is now Charles Darwin University.
He and his family were in Darwin when cyclone Tracy struck in 1974. As part of the taskforce, Beare was put in charge of managing the civilian evacuation, moving 28,000 people in eight days from schools where they were sheltering.
In 1975, when the ACT took responsibility for its schools from the NSW Department of Education, Beare was appointed the foundation chief education officer. He led innovations in teacher and school management, student curriculums and assessment, and system accountability. In 1978-79 he returned to the US as a Fulbright senior scholar.
From 1981 to 1995 Beare was a professor of education at Melbourne University. He was also elected a fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders. Last year he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and this year he received an inaugural life membership of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement.
Eight days before his death Melbourne University conferred on him an honorary doctorate of education. Beare stayed on stage for the full ceremony, joining the opening and closing processions and lingering afterwards to talk with friends and colleagues.
Hedley Beare is survived by Lyn, sons Martin and Tim, and their families. His daughter, Bronwyn, died in 1981.
BEARE, Hedley A Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Emeritus Professor Hedley Beare AM will be held at St James' Anglican Church, 252 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe, Victoria on Thursday, 9th September, 2010 commencing at 11:30 a.m. No flowers by request, donations in lieu can be
made to Tear Australia. Envelopes available the church. A Private Cremation Le Pine Funeral Services 03 9499 32191
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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