Education Heresies colloquia 2011-2012 - Colloquium Four

10 November 2011

Colloquium Four - schools not fit for purpose: new schools for the times (pdf, 61kB)

The Education Heresies series features leading education scholars and practitioners, speaking out on how educational 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; the standardisation of education materials and standards in the face of increasing cultural and linguistic diversity; 'choice' in public and private schooling; the 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.

Professor Johanna Wyn
is Director of the University of Melbourne's Youth Research Centre in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on the education, training and work experiences of young people, and their well-being. Recent books: The making of a generation: the children of the 1970s in adulthood; Touching the future: building skills for life and work; Youth and society: exploring the social dynamics of youth and Youth health and welfare the cultural politics of education and wellbeing.

Dr Dorothy Bottrell
is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney and Convenor of the University of Sydney Network for Childhood and Youth Research. Dorothy's background is in secondary teaching, juvenile justice, youth and community work. Her research challenges categories of "problem youth" in social and policy contexts and focuses on young people's resilience in relation to schooling, transitions, youth justice and community life. She is co-editor with Susan Goodwin of Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

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