ERIC Number: ED448950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Themes: National Inquiry into Rural and Remote Education.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Sydney (Australia).
Public consultations had revealed that access to education was a significant concern in rural and remote areas of Australia, particularly in relation to ongoing economic decline. In response, the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission initiated the National Inquiry into Rural and Remote Education. The inquiry took evidence at formal public hearings in the capital cities of every state and territory and at less formal meetings with parents, students, educators, and community members in rural and remote areas of every state and the Northern Territory. The inquiry received 300 written and e-mailed submissions, including one from the government or education department in every state, the Northern Territory, and the Commonwealth. The inquiry also commissioned a survey from the Youth Research Centre at Melbourne University to which 3,128 individuals responded. This report summarizes major concerns raised by the public, drawing on selected quotes that are broadly representative. Following an introduction, chapter 2 describes the numbers, locations, schooling arrangements, and outcomes of rural and remote students. Chapters 3-6 cover the following themes: availability and accessibility of schools, distance education, travel, and financial aid; schooling quality (curriculum, staff, facilities, information technology, and other learning opportunities); students with disabilities (numbers, discrimination, barriers to integration, and some special programs); and Indigenous students (numbers, situation, access, barriers to participation and support, outcomes, Indigenous cultural studies, and Indigenous languages). The final chapter presents an overview of the human rights provisions relevant to rural and remote education. (Contains 14 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Access to Education, Civil Rights, Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Information Technology, Preschool Education, Rural Education, Rural Schools
Full text at Web site: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/human_rights/rural/education/index.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Sydney (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia