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Rethinking public education: Towards a public curriculum

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By Alan Reid, Pat Thomson

Published: 2003
ISBN: 978-1-876682-54-5
Pages: xxvii+156
Imprint: Post Pressed


This is the first of two books that explore different ways of thinking about the publicness of public education, why this continues to be important in changing times and what it might mean in schooling and as schooling.

This first volume addresses the idea of public curriculum. Curriculum lies at the heart of the education enterprise and should therefore be a key focus of public conversations about education.

In this book a number of leading Australian educators conduct a conversation about the publicness of curriculum from a range of perspectives, exploring the ways in which the curriculum can produce public(s), public life, and knowledge that serves not only individual but also the broader public interest.

Table of Contents


Introduction: What's public about curriculum?
Alan Reid and and Pat Thomson

Section 1: New Public Contexts

  • A new public curriculum, or, reworking the languages of curriculum for new publics
    Noel Gough and Annette Gough
  • Curriculum, public education and the national imaginary: Re-schooling Australia?
    Bill Green
  • A public curriculum
    Mary Kalantzis, Bill Cope and Andrew Harvey
  • So young and enterprising: The knowledge economy in Australian schools
    Simon Robb, Jane Kenway and Elizabeth Bullen
  • Public education for global human security: Networks and flows, spaces and places
    Terri Seddon

Section 2: New Public Pedagogies

  • Engaging lifeworlds: Public curriculum and community building
    Robert Hattam and Nigel Howard
  • towards a just Indigenous education: A continuing challenge for state schooling
    Van Sanderson and Pat Thomson
  • New secularism: Reorienting the private order of digital technologies
    Kathryn Moyle
  • Teaching after the market: From commodity to cosmopolitanism
    Allan Luke

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