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Diversity, Disadvantage and Differential Outcomes: An Analysis of Samoan Students Narratives of Schooling

Singh, Parlo & Sinclair, Mark (2001) Diversity, Disadvantage and Differential Outcomes: An Analysis of Samoan Students Narratives of Schooling. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 29(1), pp. 73-92.

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Abstract

Social justice discourses, particularly those attentive to the politics of difference, suggest that the perspectives of least-advantaged groups need to be taken into account when endeavouring to realise social justice in education for these groups. In this paper, we analyse narratives on schooling produced by one cohort of least-advantaged students, namely Samoan students attending state-designated disadvantaged secondary schools in Queensland, Australia. Specifically, the narratives of educational disadvantage provided by Samoan students are analysed. The focus is on 'the what' (the knowledge to be transmitted) and 'the how' (the teacher-student relations) of pedagogy in state-designated disadvantaged schools. Attention is paid to the contradictory and ambivalent discourses inherent in these narratives, particularly in terms of realising socially just pedagogic practices.

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ID Code: 2285
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: social justice, student accounts of disadvantage, educational outcomes, Samoan students
DOI: 10.1080/13598660120032987
ISSN: 1469-2945
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education 29(1):pp. 73-92.
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:27

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