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Beyond dependency theory : a postcolonial analysis of educating Papua New Guinean high school students in Australian schools

Mohok-McLaughlin, Juliana & Hickling-Hudson, Anne R. (2005) Beyond dependency theory : a postcolonial analysis of educating Papua New Guinean high school students in Australian schools. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 25(2), pp. 193-208.

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Abstract

This paper explores the social and educational implications of the Secondary Schools Scholarship Project (SSSP) in which Australia gave over a thousand adolescents from Papua New Guinea three-year scholarships taken up in Australian High Schools. Drawing from postcolonial theory, the paper uses concepts of ambivalence, hybridity, hegemony, contradiction and national discourse to analyse an array of issues which would not be in the purview of dependency theory. These aspects include not only the cultural ‘border-crossings’ and tensions experienced by the PNG scholarship winners through their Australian sojourn and return to PNG, but also the complex ambiguities in the outcomes and implications of a foreign aid project for a decolonising country. The scholarship program illustrates the politics of foreign aid in education, including the contradictions of receiving aid from a donor country which is garnering substantial benefits from the recipient country, and the complexity of the postcolonial challenge of utilising this aid in a way that meets national educational goals in a globalizing world.

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ID Code: 3505
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Foreign aid in education, scholarships, decolonising countries, postcolonial theory, dependency theory, border, crossings, tensions, contradictions, ambiguities, Dependency theory, postcolonial theory, foreign educational aid, Papua New Guinea education, foreign educational outcomes, AusAID to PNG education, secondary schooling
DOI: 10.1080/02188790500338187
ISSN: 1742-6855
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Asia Pacific Journal of Education 25(2):pp. 193-208.
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2014 08:51

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