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ERIC Number: EJ810267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
"Finding What Doesn't Fit": Adjusting the Focus on Education in Country Towns as a Limiting Case for the "Learning or Earning" Years
Funnell, Robert
Australian Educational Researcher, v35 n2 p107-122 Aug 2008
Limiting, or nonconforming cases are good tests in research for extending a concept's reach and broadening generalisations, but the method is under utilised in the formation and assessment of educational policy. In this paper a rural town is described as a case, among others, not fitting policy regulations for "learning or earning" in Years 11 and 12 in Queensland. It is argued, through a description of the production and reproduction of the town's service economy, that neither the curriculum nor the workforce can be placed within a theory of social and economic networking underpinning policies on retention and pathways upon which the Queensland legislation rests. Cases such as these are difficult to uncover because factors that best describe their true economic and social conditions tend to be compressed within statistical reporting models for educational regions. While the focus is on a rural town, the purpose is to advance policy design and implementation that seeks to sustain educational change in diverse conditions. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia