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Exploring new discursive spaces: Multiculturalism and Education for Sustainable Development

Burnett, Bruce M. & McArdle, Felicity A. (2008) Exploring new discursive spaces: Multiculturalism and Education for Sustainable Development. In Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) 2008 International Education Research Conference, November 30, 2008 – December 4, 2008, Brisbane.

Abstract

This paper tracks Australia’s relationship to the migrant Other via an examination of contemporary multicultural policy. By analysing the political and social conditions that enabled a national, and bipartisan policy of multiculturalism to emerge as formalised national policy during the late 1960s and early 1970s, this paper 're-problematises' the processes that shaped an articulation of race, ethnicity and the migrant Other. The paper focuses particular attention on the parallel narrative at work within multiculturalism as it first grappled with, and later came to embrace an evolving social experiment framed within the discourse of social justice. The paper addresses the post September 11 environment where multiculturalism within a traditional social justice framework fails to provide as clear a road map for educators. The paper argues the emerging area of Education for Sustainable Development provides pre-service teacher education with a productive node and fresh discursive possibilities to regain political/pedagogical traction for a human rights agenda.

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ID Code: 15737
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Education for Sustainable Development, Pre, service Teacher Education, Multiculturalism, September 11
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please comnsult author)
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:54

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