Changing Australian Education

then there is need for a new and powerful educational narrative. It is important that the alternative agenda does not simply amount to a yearning for a return to the past. Although there are aspects of Australia's educational past that ...

Changing Australian Education

Australian education policy for the past 40 years has been heading in the wrong direction and is entirely unsuitable for preparing young people for the 21st century. Exaggeration? Sadly not. For a teacher, there is nothing more exhilarating than encouraging young people to realise the power of learning. But in our schools today, teachers spend so much time preparing their students for high-stakes tests, gathering data and filling in forms, that many of them feel like the life has been squeezed out of their role. Schooling has been turned into a market, and school leaders are forced to spend precious time and resources competing with other schools. Their professional experience is disregarded as policy makers turn to the corporate world and self-appointed commentators to determine curriculum and school funding. The outcome? Our schooling system is becoming more segregated; children from poorer backgrounds are falling behind; public schools are starved of funds; and good teachers are leaving. One of the most highly regarded educational leaders in Australia, Alan Reid, argues it's time to reconsider the purposes of education, the capacities we need for the future, and the strategies that will get us there. He outlines a new narrative for Australian schooling that is futures-focused and prizes flexibility, adaptability, collaboration and agility, with students, teachers and school communities at centre-stage. 'A provocative and persuasive argument for the necessity of a new narrative for Australian schooling so as to meet better the demonstrable demands of the twenty-first century...' - Emeritus Professor Bob Lingard, The University of Queensland 'At the heart of the book is a penetrating critique of neoliberalism and the damaging effects it is having on education and society. It should be essential reading for policy makers, educators, parents, and anyone interested in the current state of Australian education.' - Professor Barry Down, Murdoch University

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Changing Australian Education
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Alan Reid
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-28 - Publisher: Routledge

Australian education policy for the past 40 years has been heading in the wrong direction and is entirely unsuitable for preparing young people for the 21st century. Exaggeration? Sadly not. For a teacher, there is nothing more exhilarating than encouraging young people to realise the power of learning. But in
Education Policy and the Australian Education Union
Language: en
Pages: 203
Authors: Andrew Vandenberg
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-03-09 - Publisher: Springer

This book focuses on the politics of teacher resistance to the formation and implementation of neoliberal education policies in Australia. It argues that policies such as publishing examination test results online amounts to auditing teachers’ work, and assumes incompetence from teachers, which ultimately results in diverting teachers from their true
The Australian Government Muscling in on School Education
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Grant Rodwell
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-04 - Publisher: Routledge

Despite the Australian Constitution implying school education to be a state responsibility, the Commonwealth has increasingly interfered with state school education. The Australian Government Muscling in on School Education therefore offers a historical account of this government involvement in Australian education, from federation to the present day, providing a much-needed,
Changing Ideas in Australian Education
Language: en
Pages: 98
Authors: Brian S. Crittenden
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 1981 - Publisher:

Theoretical directions for the practice of education in Australia during the past two decades are critically examined. The examination of recent expressions of educational theory is in three parts: general theory of secondary education; curriculum theory; key issues for the immediate future.
Curriculum Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World
Language: en
Pages: 355
Authors: Bill Green, Philip Roberts, Marie Brennan
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-02-20 - Publisher: Springer Nature

This book brings together voices and perspectives from across the world and draws in a new generation of curriculum scholars to provide fresh insight into the contemporary field. By opening up Curriculum Studies with contributions from twelve countries—including every continent—the book outlines and exemplifies the challenges and opportunities for transnational