ERIC Number: ED360140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Practices and Issues in the Education of Itinerant Students: A Case Study of the Showmen's Guild Children.
Wyer, Doug; And Others
Children of families in the Showmen's Guild of Australasia have traveled throughout Australia for generations as their families followed show circuits. Educational provision for these children has varied enormously in the past. In 1992, the Queensland Department of Education assigned three teachers at the School of Distance Education (Brisbane) to meet the needs of this group through use of existing distance education materials and newly developed, individualized strategies and materials. The program also supplied teachers in 18 schools attended by show children during show weeks. Interviews with parents and students sought to develop an understanding of practices and issues in the provision of education to this educationally disadvantaged group; to determine the degree of family satisfaction with present provisions; and to assess the potential of such programs for other groups of itinerant students. Data collected included children's mobility patterns, educational histories, achievement and ability levels, educational and occupational aspirations, factors affecting educational progress, perceived needs, and desired improvements to the current program. Findings reveal the social structure, expectations, and values of Showmen's Guild members and how these factors influence the provision of education to their children. Research problems related to sampling, interviewing techniques, and ethical considerations are discussed. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Central Queensland (Australia). Faculty of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Australia