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Educating Australia

Educating Australia
Government, Economy and Citizen since 1960


  • Date Published: December 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521598309

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  • This book is the first comprehensive history of Australian education systems, programs and policies of the period since 1960. The narrative of changes in schooling, training and university life is placed in the context of changing policies and governments and evolving economic and social trends. The book draws on economic and sociological data, key texts and political events, anecdotes and a review of other analyses to build its rich picture of the role of education programs in the modernisation of Australian life. The book traces the shift from universal public provision to market systems, with the concomitant change in definitions of participation and equity. It examines the implications of this change for the labour market and the economy, in social policies and in cultural life. An important focus of the book is the discussion of the extension of citizenship through education.

    • Shows the recent history of Australian education in the context of changes to government and economy, social and cultural developments
    • Provides a rich account of the great social, educational and political changes of the last forty years in Australia
    • Shows that education has been a primary tool of national development
    • Author is prominent commentator on these issues
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    'This is a substantial, well-researched and clearly argued book which, while based on an Australian study, has international relevance, not least to universities in the UK … of interest and relevance beyond Australia's borders … clearly argued and perceptive …'. Australian Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521598309
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 51 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Modern Citizen 1960–1975:
    2. The expansion of education to 1975
    3. The Karmel report and education equality
    Part II. The Anti-Citizen 1975–1990:
    4. The New Right and public policy
    5. Individual and government
    6. The New Right and education
    Part III. The Economic Citizen 1985–:
    7. Education and national economic reconstruction
    8. Participation and equity
    9. Economic government in education
    Part IV. The Multi-Citizen 1990–:
    10. Civics, citizenship and difference.

  • Author

    Simon Marginson, Monash University, Victoria

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