ERIC Number: ED471603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Australian Policy Activism in Language and Literacy.
Lo Bianco, Joseph, Ed.; Wickert, Rosie, Ed.
This book presents the dynamics of language and literacy policy activism in Australia. The introduction is "Activists and Policy" (LoBianco, Wickert). Part 1, "From Policy to Anti-Policy" (LoBianco), sets a frame and overarching context of the pattern of Australian language and literacy policy. Part 2 contains accounts of how policy activists learned to become more effective in influence and text production, including "Australia's Language" (Brock); "Politics, Activism, and Processes of Policy Production" (Wickert); and "Although It Wasn't Broken, It Certainly Was Fixed" (Moore). Part 3 explores different approaches to understanding how policy problems and solutions are constituted in particular kinds of ways with an intention to generate desired solutions. Included are"Advocating the Sustainability of Linguistic Diversity" (Singh); "Cost of Literacy for Some" (Taylor); and "(E)merging Discourses at Work" (Castleton). Part 4 concerns what happens in different contexts as an application of the wider principles. The papers are "Melody Changes but the Dance Goes on" (McHugh et al.); "Sleight of Hand" (Falk); "National Literacy Benchmarks and the Outstreaming of English as a Second Language (ESL) Learners" (McKay); "Open for Business" (Kell); "Inventiveness and Regression" (Ozolins); "Deafness and Sign Language in Government Policy Documents 1983-90" (Power); "Imprisoned by a Landmark Narrative?" (Childs); "Ideologies, Languages, Policies" (Scarino, Papdemetre); and "Reconciled to What?" (Nicholls). Part 5 is "Sing Out That Song" (Frawley), a paper that explores the concept of print literacy as being socially and culturally driven and its positioning as a variable social technology in the context of an Aboriginal community. Appendixes include abbreviations and 620 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Activism, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, Bilingual Education, Community Programs, Cultural Pluralism, Culturally Relevant Education, Developed Nations, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Government Role, Hearing Impairments, Immigrants, Indigenous Populations, Language Maintenance, Language Minorities, Language Planning, Language Role, Literacy Education, National Programs, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Social Capital
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Language Australia, Melbourne (Victoria).
Identifiers - Location: Australia