What does Public School Education in Australia Mean in the 21st Century?

Kathryn Moyle

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    Abstract

    What does ‘public school education’ mean in Australia in the 21st century, with its past
    tradition of free, compulsory and secular schooling, and the present school sector policies urging
    the widespread use of digital technologies? This paper starts from the premise that histories
    and traditions underpin the provision of public school education in Australia. It is argued
    that the recognition of the nature of these histories and traditions is important to acknowledge
    for their sustainability: so they are not taken for granted; are subjected to investigation and
    are debated; and where appropriate can be maintained. In addition, acknowledging the role of
    certain traditions in public schooling enables us to ask questions about the taken-for-granted
    assumptions embedded within school education at a time when digital technologies are being
    advocated as a core policy requirement in the provision of universal schooling in Australia.
    The aims of this paper are to firstly, reflect on the sustainability of selected traditions in public
    school education by asking what does public schooling mean in Australia in the 21st century;
    and secondly, to contribute to the development of a stock of Australian literature based within
    and pertinent to the public schooling sector. This paper argues that the meaning of the phrase
    ‘public school education’ has altered over time, and that some traditions underpinning public
    school education are being lost and others are being reauthored. The paper concludes that with
    the ongoing inclusion of digital technologies into school education, interpretations of the
    meanings of ‘public school education’ ought to be reconsidered.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChanging Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures - AARE 2008
    EditorsPeter Jeffrey
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    Pages1-19
    Number of pages19
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventChanging Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures - AARE 2008 - Brisbane, Australia
    Duration: 30 Nov 20084 Dec 2008

    Publication series

    NameAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference Proceedings
    PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
    ISSN (Electronic)1324-9320

    Conference

    ConferenceChanging Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures - AARE 2008
    CountryAustralia
    CityBrisbane
    Period30/11/084/12/08

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