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Constructing inclusive education in a neo-liberal context: promoting inclusion of Arab-Australian students in an Australian context.

Kamp, Annelies and Mansouri, Fethi (2010) Constructing inclusive education in a neo-liberal context: promoting inclusion of Arab-Australian students in an Australian context. British Educational Research Journal, 36 (5). pp. 733-744. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

School systems are a major social change agent capable of challenging social inequalities and economic disadvantages. Yet, while schools in Australia are being confronted with increasingly culturally diverse populations as well as an increasing focus on student retention, this transformative role is increasingly being played out in a broader educational context that has been found to replicate rather than challenge patterns of social inequality. Successive governments in Australia have responded to this context with a raft of policy initiatives. This paper, based on three-year longitudinal research undertaken in the city of Melbourne, outlines this policy context and introduces the theoretical approach that underpins its innovative approach to managing cultural diversity in educational institutions. It argues for, and presents, a multidimensional model for managing cultural diversity in schools, one that provides the tools for transformative practices to be undertaken to effect positive change in school environments for the benefit of all students.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:schools; australia; social systems
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Migration
Social Sciences > Ethnicity
Social Sciences > Racism
DCU Faculties and Centres:UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Official URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01411920903142958
Copyright Information:© 2010 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in British Education Research journal Vol.36 No.5 Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01411920903142958
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16244
Deposited On:01 Jul 2011 10:49 by Annelies Kamp. Last Modified 01 Jul 2011 10:49

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