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Type: Journal article
Title: Education for all in a global era? The social justice of Australian secondary school education in a risk society
Author: Bardsley, D.
Citation: Journal of Education Policy, 2007; 22(5):493-508
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0268-0939
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Douglas K. Bardsley
Abstract: The article examines the importance of effective secondary education for all children as Australian society embraces globalization. In a global era, where societal development will rely on the knowledge and skills of the workforce, an effective education will become even more important for socio-economic engagement and equality. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds are the most vulnerable to globalization as they are less likely to achieve academically or go on to benefit from the restructured neo-liberal economy. Education policy will need to continue to support the right of each individual to be prepared for life in general, and employment in particular. Opportunities for democratic pedagogy, curriculum and education policy to respond to risk are outlined and critiqued in relation to the ongoing need for justice in education systems. If adequate funding is not provided for secondary education and directed to ensure an effective education is available for all students, obtaining a quality education will increasingly shift from a right to a privilege in Australian society.
DOI: 10.1080/02680930701541691
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