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Constructing inclusive education in a neo-liberal context : promoting inclusion of Arab-Australian students in an Australian context

journal contribution
posted on 2009-08-14, 00:00 authored by Annelies Kamp, Fethi MansouriFethi Mansouri
School systems are a major social change agent capable of challenging social inequalities and economic disadvantages. Yet, while schools in Australia are being confronted with increasingly culturally diverse populations as well as an increasing focus on student retention, this transformative role is increasingly being played out in a broader educational context that has been found to replicate rather than challenge patterns of social inequality. Successive governments in Australia have responded to this context with a raft of policy initiatives. This paper, based on three-year longitudinal research undertaken in the city of Melbourne, outlines this policy context and introduces the theoretical approach that underpins its innovative approach to managing cultural diversity in educational institutions. It argues for, and presents, a multidimensional model for managing cultural diversity in schools, one that provides the tools for transformative practices to be undertaken to effect positive change in school environments for the benefit of all students.

History

Journal

British educational research journal

Season

iFirst Article

Pagination

1 - 12

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

0141-1926

eISSN

1469-3518

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Taylor & Francis