Community and Learning for the New Economy

Adkins, Barbara A., Grant, Eryn L., Summerville, Jenny A., Barnett, Karen R., & Buys, Laurie (2003) Community and Learning for the New Economy. In Bradley, Rebecca, Lyddon, Jeff, & Buys, Laurie (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century, 21 November 2003, Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology.


The New Basics reform of the Queensland Education sector has identified its central goal as enhanced student outcomes for ‘New Times’. Research on this reform (Adkins et al, forthcoming) has identified the role of communities as an important factor in schools’ capacity to deliver this outcome. This paper provides a foundation for research into issues regarding the role of community for school reform oriented to the needs of students in the New Economy. Its central purpose is to critique extant theory in order to generate questions about how themes in education reform discourse may be re-contextualised in the context of school practice. First, it reviews the role of ‘community’ in discourses on the Knowledge Economy and ‘New Times’. Second, it examines the way ‘community’ is conceptualised in the context of Education Queensland’s New Basics reform. Third, the paper will consider some "paradoxes" that may arise when this new conceptualisation of ‘community’ is applied in the practical implementation of education reform.

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ID Code: 91
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 0646431056
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified (200299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (The authors)
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:03

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