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The role of schools in the enhancement of social tolerance and cohesion: a case study research project in the Pacific region

Prior, Warren and Mellor, Suzanne 2002, The role of schools in the enhancement of social tolerance and cohesion: a case study research project in the Pacific region, in AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty ; AARE 2002 conference papers, Australian Association for Research in Education, Coldstream, Vic., pp. 1-17.

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Title The role of schools in the enhancement of social tolerance and cohesion: a case study research project in the Pacific region
Author(s) Prior, Warren
Mellor, Suzanne
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2002 : Brisbane, Queensland)
Conference location Brisbane, Queensland
Conference dates 1 - 5 December 2002
Title of proceedings AARE 2002 : Problematic futures : educational research in an era of uncertainty ; AARE 2002 conference papers
Editor(s) Jeffrey, Peter L.
Publication date 2002
Start page 1
End page 17
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Coldstream, Vic.
Summary It is generally assumed that education will be good for a country and its inhabitants. But if the educational experience does not support those aspects of a culture the inhabitants believe to be most important, it does not contribute to social cohesion. Societies adjusting to 'modern' forces, question the 'benefits' of education, when they have poorly-funded, centralised education systems, uneven access to schooling, and where student progress is determined by academic exams and post-school employment options are few. In such circumstances, citizens are uncertain how to use education to cohere their culture and society.

This World Bank funded consultancy project sought the views of citizens of the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on the role of schools in maintaining culture and in promoting social tolerance and harmony. Researchers also developed an educational framework for promoting social cohesion and democratic participation in schools in the Pacific region.

This presentation will consider :

* The context of the study in the Pacific region
* Research and the World bank
* Issues associated with case study research
* Case study findings
* The educational framework developed.
ISSN 1324-9320
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2002, AAEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013858

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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