Federal/State mediations in the Australian national education agenda: From the AEC to MCEETYA 1987-1993

Year: 1994

Author: Lingard, Bob, Porter, Paige, Bartlett, Leo, Knight, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Drawing on research interviews with some key participants and analysis of relevant documents, the paper examines the changing forms of the national education agenda as it was developed and modified in the Australian Education Council (AEC) from 1987 to 1993.

Particular attention is given to four significant developments in this period: national curriculum statements and profiles, and the Mayer competencies; the national training reform agenda; higher education; and the National Strategy for Equity in Schools.

The study is situated within general developments in Australian federalism and the changing political complexion of State governments across the period which led to the creation of the new inter- governmental council in education, the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).