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Ashton-Warner, Sylvia (1908–1984)
Sylvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand teacher, writer, and educational innovator and reformer is best known for her work with Maori children. Ashton-Warner pioneered a process for teaching reading built upon the concept of organic language. Using key vocabulary , meaningful words with emotional connections to her students' experiences, she fashioned a method for fostering literacy based upon students' language and culture. Imaginative and uncompromising, her work received international acclaim, especially in the United States of America. Born in Stratford, New Zealand, on December 17, 1908, Ashton-Warner was the fifth of eight children born to Francis Warner and Margaret Maxwell. Francis Warner was penniless when he immigrated to New Zealand at the age of 16 and had difficulty finding and maintaining gainful employment. Deteriorating health in 1904 forced him to remain at home with his children while his wife became the breadwinner. His immense love of storytelling impacted Ashton-Warner profoundly, shaping her ...