Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Educational change K–6: caring or counting

19 November 2015

Dr Lindsay Kerr is an educator and institutional ethnographer from Canada whose research on education restructuring spans schools and post-secondary institutions (K–16). This talk will provide an overview of her findings in Between Caring & Counting: Teachers Take on Education Reform (2006) (pictured right), and Fault Lines: Risk & Safety in Schools (in press), as well as current research on post-secondary education. The nature of educators’ work and practice are becoming increasingly shaped by accountability regimes designed from afar.

As post-secondary esucation becomes a prerequisite for entry into the labour force, and education policies across sectors and regions converge internationally, the talk will draw out the extended social relations of education reform that are made visible through an institutional ethnographic approach, and open possibilities for alternative futures.

Event details

  • When: 4.30–6.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Nicole Mockler.

  • Contact: Dr Nicole Mockler
    T: +61 9351 3793

  • Speaker: Lindsay Kerr’s research uses institutional ethnography and focuses on the re-organisation of educators’ work under education reform. She draws on more than 30 years of frontline experience, during which she taught in traditional and non-traditional classrooms in England and Canada, in settings that ranged from collegiate, comprehensive and technical schools to a youth-detention centre. Dr Kerr's books include Between Caring & Counting: Teachers Take on Education Reform (2006), and Fault Lines: Risk & Safety in Schools, which will be published in 2016. Affiliated with Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Dr Kerr has presented papers at national and international conferences. Her current research examines how accountability regimes operate through the emergence of large-scale electronic database-management systems that regulate and control educators’ work across schools and post-secondary institutions.

Educational change K–6: caring or counting

Where Room 612, Education Building A35


19 November 2015

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