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Politics and school education in Australia : a case of shifting purposes

Cranston, Neil, Kimber, Megan, Mulford, Bill, Reid, Alan, & Keating, Jack (2010) Politics and school education in Australia : a case of shifting purposes. Journal of Educational Administration, 48(2), pp. 182-195.

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Abstract

Purpose – The paper aims to argue that there has been a privileging of the private (social mobility) and economic (social efficiency) purposes of schooling at the expense of the public (democratic equality) purposes of schooling. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs a literature review, policy and document analysis. Findings – Since the late 1980s, the schooling agenda in Australia has been narrowed to one that gives primacy to purposes of schooling that highlight economic orientations (social efficiency) and private purposes (social mobility). Practical implications – The findings have wider relevance beyond Australia, as similar policy agendas are evident in many other countries raising the question as to how the shift in purposes of education in those countries might mirror those in Australia. Originality/value – While earlier writers have examined schooling policies in Australia and noted the implications of managerialism in relation to these policies, no study has analysed these policies from the perspective of the purposes of schooling. Conceptualising schooling, and its purposes in particular, in this way refocuses attention on how societies use their educational systems to promote (or otherwise) the public good.

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ID Code: 44173
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Schools, Government policy, Politics, Education sector, Australia
DOI: 10.1108/09578231011027842
ISSN: 0957-8234
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2011 00:17
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 22:49

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