The minority report : disproportionate representation in Australia’s largest education system

Sweller, Naomi, Graham, Linda J., & Van Bergen, Penny (2012) The minority report : disproportionate representation in Australia’s largest education system. Exceptional Children, 79(1), pp. 107-125.

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The overrepresentation of students from minority ethnic groups in separate special education settings has been extensively documented in North America, yet little research exists for Australian school systems. To address this gap, we systematically analyzed 13 years of enrolment data from the state of New South Wales. Stark differences are seen in patterns of enrolment between Indigenous students, students from a Language Background Other than English (LBOTE), and non-Indigenous English speaking students. Moreover, these differences are increasing. While enrollments of Indigenous students in separate settings increased faster across time than did enrollments of Indigenous students in mainstream, enrollments of LBOTE students in mainstream increased faster than did enrollments of LBOTE students in separate settings.

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ID Code: 58765
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Disproportionate representation, Indigenous students, special education, education policy
ISSN: 0014-4029
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Council for Exceptional Children
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2013 03:18
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2015 12:45

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