Federalism and spheres of justice: The role of religion in Australian government schools

Birmingham, Matthew J. (2016) Federalism and spheres of justice: The role of religion in Australian government schools. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis examines the role of religion in Australian government schools. Drawing on analysis of frameworks for religion in curriculum and as instruction, and informed by the case of the National School Chaplaincy Program, the research considers how the issue is determined at the state and territory level and, in some cases, by school communities. The thesis found that discourse taking place in the context of contemporary Australian federal arrangements for government schooling gives rise to communities of interest existing at different levels which determine the reach of religion in this public space, as considered appropriate to their needs.

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ID Code: 96479
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Hayes, Sharon & Lauchs, Mark
Keywords: government school, state school, religion, religious instruction, federal, Australia, spheres of justice, chaplaincy, curriculum, curriculum
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 18 Jul 2016 01:59
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2016 01:59

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