Controversies in Education: Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice

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Helen Proctor, Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody
Springer, Sep 9, 2014 - Education - 220 pages

This book is the outcome of a colloquium series organized by The University of Sydney in which leading and emerging researchers were invited to name what they took to be the deep flaws at the heart of contemporary educational and policy and practice in Australia and globally — to voice their potentially ‘heretical’ views on what most urgently needs to be done. The chapters in this collection are paired to offer two takes on each topic, from supplementing to critiquing to countering and most points in between.

The issues addressed in this volume include: the place of education in national and international marketplaces, mass testing and standardisation, the future of ‘multiculturalism’ in schools, the public funding of private schools, the complicated relationship between evidence and policy and the shifting politics of inequality. This book is based on the idea that recognising deep disagreements on big issues is a necessary accompaniment to imagining and developing productive ways forward.

 

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Contents

Heresy and Orthodoxy in Contemporary Schooling Australian Educational Policy and Global Neoliberal Reform
1
New Approaches for the Times
13
3 Schools and Communities Fit for Purpose
27
Data and Their MisUse in Schools
39
5 Are These Testing Times or Is It a Time to Test? Considering the Place of Tests in Students Academic Development
55
Epistemologically Specious Ideologically Unsound
63
Are We Expecting Too Much from Quality Teaching?
80
Schooling and Ethnicity
91
Contemporary Heresy or Simply Another Doxa
128
12 Why Global Policies Fail Disengaged Young People at the Local Level
139
13 Education Policy At Risk
149
A Short History of Government Funds for Australian Schools
157
15 Beyond Modernity? A Sociological Engagement with A Short History of Government Funding for Australian Schools
174
Defending Education in a Neoliberal Time
181
Parents Schools and Communities Before Neoliberalism
199
18 Who Are the Heretics?
206

The Politics of Responsibility and Accountability in SchoolCommunity Relationships
105
10 Does the New Doxa of Integrationism Make Multicultural Education a Contemporary Heresy?
113
Author Bios
217
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