Multiculturalism, education for sustainable development (ESD) and the shifting discursive landscape of social inclusion

Burnett, Bruce M. & McArdle, Felicity A. (2011) Multiculturalism, education for sustainable development (ESD) and the shifting discursive landscape of social inclusion. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32(1), pp. 43-56.

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Australia has a long and sometimes turbulent relationship with the migrant Other. This paper examines a component of this relationship via the window of contemporary multicultural policy. The paper begins with an analysis of the political and social conditions that enabled a national and bipartisan policy of multiculturalism to emerge as formalised federal policy during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The paper re-problematises the influences that helped shape Australia's articulation of race and ethnicity and argues that multiculturalism, within a post-September 11 environment, can no longer be framed solely within its traditional framework of social justice. The paper positions education for sustainable development (ESD) as an emerging discursive field that provides educators with an alternative road map for critiquing Australia's fluid relationship with the migrant Other. By linking the tenets of multiculturalism with ESD, this paper suggests pre-service teacher educators are presented with a productive, and at the same time politically palatable, means for regaining pedagogical traction for a semi-dormant agenda of social inclusion.

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ID Code: 46402
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: education for sustainable development, , pre-service teacher education,, multiculturalism,, social inclusion
DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2011.537070
ISSN: 1469-3739
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2011 22:24
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2012 19:02

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