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The future of diversity and difference : can the national curriculum for English be hospitable?

Kostogriz, Alex 2011, The future of diversity and difference : can the national curriculum for English be hospitable?. In Doecke, Brenton, Parr, Graham and Sawyer, Wayne (ed), Creating an Australian curriculum for English, Phoenix Education, Putney, NSW, pp.201-214.

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Title The future of diversity and difference : can the national curriculum for English be hospitable?
Author(s) Kostogriz, Alex
Title of book Creating an Australian curriculum for English
Editor(s) Doecke, BrentonORCID iD for Doecke, Brenton
Parr, Graham
Sawyer, Wayne
Publication date 2011
Chapter number 14
Total chapters 16
Start page 201
End page 214
Total pages 14
Publisher Phoenix Education
Place of Publication Putney, NSW
Summary This chapter explores the context of constructing the Australian Curriculum: English and how it represents and responds to the diversity of students. It starts with the brief genealogy of neoliberal standards-based reforms as a way of managing differences. In doing so, the chapter situates the national agenda of curriculum reforms in the semiotic order of ‘risk societies’ (Beck, 1992) through which various risks are both manufactured and managed. The semiotic order of managing educational risks through reforms is presented as a discursive force-field that both creates ‘moral panics’ and provides solutions, thereby appealing to the broader public and securing its consent. This discussion prepares the ground for the reading of texts produced in the lead-up to the actual release of the national curriculum for English and statements about diversity in these documents as well as in the curriculum itself. The chapter then goes on to explore what might be possible in the process of the curriculum implementation, by drawing on ideas of hospitality, responsibility and dialogism. In conclusion, this essay argues that no national curriculum can be successfully implemented unless it is sensitive to the textual and cultural practices of other groups and unless it wins their political consent. Equally, no national curriculum can be ethically implemented unless it recognises and responds to difference and unless it creates a possibility of transcending the logic of the Same.
ISBN 1921586532
Language eng
Field of Research 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2011, Phoenix Education
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