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The discourse of public education: an urban campaign for a local public high school in Melbourne, Victoria

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Emma RoweEmma Rowe
This paper explores the metonymic slippage surrounding the discourse of public education, through observations and interviews with Lawson High School active campaigners in the state of Victoria, Australia. The notion of campaigning for public education has become an ever-present issue on an international scale, and this article aims to contribute qualitative knowledge regarding the key concepts that lobbyists produce and articulate within their meetings concerning public education. Data have been obtained through direct participatory observation within a contextually specific campaigning site, lobbyists' publications and one-on-one interviews with active campaigners. Findings indicate that campaigners present distinct conceptualisations of public education as a discourse and a well-defined model of their school-of-choice.

History

Journal

Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education

Volume

35

Issue

1

Pagination

116 - 128

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0159-6306

eISSN

1469-3739

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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