Seeking continuity: Educational strategy in and for mobile ADF families

Doherty, Catherine A. (2011) Seeking continuity: Educational strategy in and for mobile ADF families. (Unpublished)



This report shares findings and insights from an interview study conducted in 2009, with 34 ADF families. These families were identified in the communities of primary schools in both state and Catholic systems with high ADF family enrolments in 3 towns across 2 states, with the assistance of the DCO and their embedded Defence School Transition Aides (DSTAs). In the interviews the parents were invited to describe their history of ADF relocations, and how they managed transitions for each member in terms of school choice, child care arrangements, spouse employment, and educational transitions. Parallel interviews were conducted with 12 teachers and 6 DSTAs across the identified schools to describe how schools cater for mobile ADF families flowing through their classes. Parents were invited to tell the story of their family’s sequence of moves and how each member made the transition, then reflect more generally on what advice they’d give other mobile families. Teachers were asked to describe how they respond to the mobile families in their school community, and to illustrate some of the issues and challenges from the institutional perspective. By offering perspectives from both parents and teachers, the report hopes to facilitate a dialogue between parties to address their common goal – promoting productive continuities in education for children in mobile families.

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ID Code: 93624
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Permission given orally by parent for use of child's image on cover.
Keywords: mobility, educational strategy, family, Australian Defence Forces, choice
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
  • QUT/VC Postdoctoral Fellowship
Facilities: The Cube
Copyright Owner: 2011 Catherine Doherty
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. This work is copyright but permission is given to teachers and DCO to make copies for use within their own institutions. This permission does not extend to the making of copies for use outside their institutions nor to the making of copies for hire or resale. Please contact the author (email: for further information.
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2016 04:54
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 04:54

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