Social justice in Australian education : rethinking what we know for contemporary times
Gale, Trevor 2011, Social justice in Australian education : rethinking what we know for contemporary times, in Australian College of Educators National Conference : Equity in Education – Connecting for Change, University of Technology Sydney, 14-15 July 2011, Australian College of Educators, Melbourne, Vic..
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In this paper I attempt two things. First I canvass the history of social justice policy in schooling and higher education in Australia, with a view to drawing out ten principles to inform a rejuvenated social justice agenda in education, facilitated at this political moment by the current Australian Government’s financial and education commitments to/for people in low socioeconomic status communities, schools and higher education. I draw primarily on what we have learned from the 1973 Karmel Report and the Disadvantaged Schools Program to which it gave rise, and on the 1990 higher education policy statement, A Fair Chance for All. I then propose three new concepts for rethinking social justice in education, which reflect a new ‘structure of feeling’ (Williams 1961) and new social capacities in contemporary times.
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Field of Research
139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category
E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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