Education Heresies colloquia 2011-2012 - Colloquium Five
15 March 2012
Colloquium Five – are markets good for education
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 Raewyn Connell holds a University Chair within the University of Sydney. She has previously held posts at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Macquarie University in Sydney, and Flinders University in Adelaide. She has held visiting posts at the University of Toronto, Harvard University, and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. In the past decade, Professor Connell has been invited by United Nations agencies to lead international discussions about masculinities, violence and peacemaking, and the role of men and boys in achieving gender equality. Her work is widely cited in social science and humanities publications internationally. Four of her books were listed among the 10 most influential books in Australian sociology. She is often invited to give keynote addresses at conferences and seminars, including events in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Senegal and Britain.
Other presentations in this series
- Colloquium One - you don't know what you've got until it's gone: moments in time for public education
- Colloquium Two - how to kill school spirit: testing times
- Colloquium Three - systems failure: social inclusion as a remedy, or why global policies fail disengaged young people at the local level
- Colloquium Four - schools not fit for purpose: new schools for the times
- Colloquium Six - does the new doxa of integrationism make multicultural education a contemporary heresy?
- Colloquium Seven - knowledge-blindness: how educational research neglects the basis of education
Location: LT 351, Education Building
Cost: FREE but RSVP is essential
Contact: Patrick Brownlee
Phone: +61 2 9351 2616