Local and official forms of symbolic control: An Australian case study of the pedagogic work of para-educational personnel

Singh, Parlo (2000) Local and official forms of symbolic control: An Australian case study of the pedagogic work of para-educational personnel. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 4(1), pp. 3-22.

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In this paper an analysis is undertaken of the accounts of pedagogic work provided by para-educational personnel working in two government-funded schools situated in a low socio-economic area of an Australian city. Specifically, the paper examines the accounts of two para-educational personnel who identified as Samoan/Pacific Islander and worked to improve the educational outcomes of students from the local Samoan/Pacific Islander community. It is argued that the pedagogic work of para-educational personnel may play an important role in redistributing discursive (informational) resources transmitted through schooling institutions. However, the positioning of para-educational personnel in the field of the local community and the field of education regulates the form/modality of pedagogic work, that is, what is taught and how it is taught. Moreover, the content and form of pedagogic work has the potential for realising inclusive and/or exclusive relations for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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ID Code: 1774
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: inclusive education, secondary schooling, home liaison officers, Pacific Islander students
DOI: 10.1080/136031100284894
ISSN: 1464-5173
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in International Journal of Inclusive Education 4(1):pp. 3-22.
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:26

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