The challenge of social inclusion for Australian Schooling

Louise Watson

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

    Abstract

    The social inclusion policy agenda has led to significant reform of the way in which governments deliver social services. The health and community services sectors have been transformed by structural changes emanating from “joined up government” arrangements and multi-sectoral partnerships. Yet in spite of its dominance in national and international social policy circles, the social inclusion policy agenda has had minimal impact on how we deliver schooling. Although schools play a major role in determining the life chances of individuals, education has remained beyond the reach of the social inclusion policy agenda. This paper argues that reform of our school education systems is critical to achieving a more socially inclusive society. The author identifies directions for the reform of school education policy that would improve the capacity of schools to promote social inclusion. The paper reviews recent national government policy initiatives that aim to make Australian schools more responsive to the social inclusion policy agenda. Some of the challenges for Australian education policy in promoting social inclusion are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAustralian Social Policy Conference - Children, Young people and Families
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherUniversity of New South Wales
    Pages1-12
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventAustralian Social Policy Conference - Children, Young people and Families - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 8 Jul 200910 Jul 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceAustralian Social Policy Conference - Children, Young people and Families
    CountryAustralia
    CitySydney
    Period8/07/0910/07/09

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    inclusion
    school education
    reform
    school
    community service
    tertiary sector
    structural change
    government policy
    mobile social services
    education system
    education
    health service

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    Watson, L. (2009). The challenge of social inclusion for Australian Schooling. In Australian Social Policy Conference - Children, Young people and Families (pp. 1-12). Australia: University of New South Wales.
    Watson, Louise. / The challenge of social inclusion for Australian Schooling. Australian Social Policy Conference - Children, Young people and Families. Australia : University of New South Wales, 2009. pp. 1-12
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    Watson L. The challenge of social inclusion for Australian Schooling. In Australian Social Policy Conference - Children, Young people and Families. Australia: University of New South Wales. 2009. p. 1-12