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Policy fuzz and fuzzy logic: researching contemporary Indigenous education and parent-school engagement in north Australia

Lea, Tess, Thompson, Helen J., McRae-Williams, Eva and Wegner, Aggie (2011). Policy fuzz and fuzzy logic: researching contemporary Indigenous education and parent-school engagement in north Australia. Journal of educational policy,26(3):321-339.

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IRMA ID lloobyxPUB33
Title Policy fuzz and fuzzy logic: researching contemporary Indigenous education and parent-school engagement in north Australia
Author Lea, Tess
Thompson, Helen J.
McRae-Williams, Eva
Wegner, Aggie
Journal Name Journal of educational policy
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0268-0939   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 321
End Page 339
Total Pages 19
Place of Publication England
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract ‘Engagement’ is the second of six top priorities in Australia’s most recent Indigenous education strategy to ‘close the gap’ in schooling outcomes. Drawing on findings from a three-year ethnographic analysis of school engagement issues in the north of Australia, this article situates engagement within the history of Indigenous education policy, followed by considerations of how many of the issues faced by Indigenous families both match and can be distinguished from those experienced among poor and underemployed social groups throughout the western world. We find that Indigenous people are content with the schools’ engagement efforts and with their interactions with schools, accepting that how their lives are lived are not within the provenance of the school system to amend. In its homogenisation of Indigenous issues, reification of cultural distinction and foregrounding of disengagement as an issue, Australian education policy is also about non-engagement, in that it excludes key issues from policy consideration while appearing to be inclusive. The education sector does not systematically engage with the grinding issues that Indigenous families face in their everyday worlds; and since Indigenous people do not really expect schools to know how to solve their issues, the call for engagement and its resolution is perfectly irresolvable.
Keywords engagement
Indigenous education
policy
race
urban minority groups
Australia
intervention
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680939.2010.509813   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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