Education Heresies colloquia 2011–2012

The Educational Heresies series featured leading education scholars and practitioners, speaking out on how education research, policy and practice need to be challenged and transformed.

Contemporary education is a contested field, influenced by agenda that go beyond quality teaching and learning, community building and equality of access and outcomes. The place of education in the national and international marketplace; standardisation of education materials and standards in the face of increasing cultural and linguistic diversity; 'choice' in public and private schooling; and institutional taming or liberation of the transformative potential of digital and online technologies; are among the issues traversing and disrupting Australian education.

Historically, challenges to the deep grammar of prevailing orthodoxies have been branded 'heretical'. This colloquium series invites leading educators to release their inner heretic. It presents opportunities to debate and challenge the prevailing orthodoxies as they are realised every day in policy, curriculum, pedagogy and research in and out of educational institutions. It is a forum in which we acknowledge that recognising deep disagreement on big issues is a necessary accompaniment to developing productive ways forward.

The page dedicated to each colloquium contains a news report of the lecture, a copy of the full text, and a play-in-place podcast. The presenters and their topics were:


Still to come in the series ...

The following Education Heresies colloquia are scheduled for coming weeks.