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Cleaning public education: the privatisation of school maintenance work
This paper focuses on an area of privatisation that has not to date received significant attention in educational research: the privatisation of infrastructure, facilities and maintenance, and in particular the labour of cleaning. Analysing the case of Victoria, Australia, we demonstrate how successive governments have defended the privatisation of cleaning labour on the basis that it allows schools to concentrate on the ‘core’ business of teaching and learning. Tracing the evolution of private contracts and public–private partnerships, we argue that the bracketing of cleaning work divides the types of labour carried out in the school, and thus the meaning and practice of public education.
Perceptions of teachers and teaching in Australia
This report shares findings of a nationwide Australian study into public and teachers’ perceptions of the teaching profession. The study was commissioned in response to ongoing concerns about recruitment and retention of educators and reports about the wellbeing of teachers and school leaders.
Wellbeing in doctoral education: Insights and guidance from the student experience
In recent years, wellbeing has been increasingly recognised as an important area in doctoral education. Yet, few resources exist to help those who support doctoral students. Through reflection and narration of personal experiences, this book provides a voice to doctoral students to advocate for an improvement to their own doctoral training environment.
A reflection on action research conducted in English classes attended by non-native speakers
This work provides a reflection on personal experiences in making significant positive differences in teaching by doing an action research with two different English classes attended by non-native speakers in differed cultural settings in higher education domestically and overseas. Action research is a useful instrument in constant development of critical reflective teaching for making significant positive difference in teaching and learning, particularly in understanding and accommodating learners’ needs, interests and learning differences, in diverse cultural and interdisciplinary settings.
Literacies in Early Childhood: Foundations for Equity and Quality
This is an edited collection that includes chapters that provide a broad range of perspectives on equitable, quality literacy learning and teaching. The book takes a deliberately balanced approach to counter current popular narrow conceptions of literacy teaching and learning.
Bodily grounds of learning: Embodying professional practice in biotechnology
Although ever present, the way in which the body is implicated in learning has received scant attention in the research literature to date. A particular area of neglect relates to the significance of the perceiving, feeling, motile body in learning to enter the professions. Exploring learning with and through the lived body, as students endeavour to enact the practice of biotechnology, highlights features of the bodily grounds of learning. Based on this inquiry, theoretical and educational implications are identified for understanding and promoting learning for the professions.
We are all patient-centred now, aren’t we? Lessons from new pharmacy graduates
Patient-centredness is considered integral to the delivery of modern healthcare. This longitudinal study explored the meaning and development of the practice of pharmacy graduates, leading to a focus on patient-centredness.
Toward a critical unschooling pedagogy
This paper outlines the theoretical, pedagogical, and philosophical framework for critical unschooling. Critical Unschooling is a student-centered and autonomous teaching and learning praxis rooted in decolonizing human rights education.