'Quality education as worthwhile'. Practices as interconnected sites for and of transformation in a school setting

Laurette Bristol, Jane Wilkinson

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At the Finnish Educational Research Association (FERA) 2013 conference, Stephen Kemmis (see this volume) revived the argument of education as a practice; where schools in fulfilling their educational functions, exist in a reciprocal and dialectical relationship with the societies that they serve. Building upon this position, this paper employs a site ontological approach to explore particular educational practices as interconnected sites for and of school change and transformation. We interrogate: (a) the leading and mentoring practices of a principal and staff, in a small rural high school in Australia; and (b) the professional learning practices, which evolve. We examine this process as the school undertakes a new school-wide professional and student learning initiative intended to enhance literacy and numeracy outcomes. In this context, the school s stated understanding of quality education as worthwhile must be viewed as contested, multi-dimensional and site/school specific.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnabling Education
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of Finnish Educational Research Association FERA 2013
EditorsHannu L T Heikkinen, Josephine Moate, Marja-Kristiina Lerkkanen
Place of PublicationJyvaskyla Finland
PublisherFinnish Educational Research Association
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9789525401684
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventFinnish Educational Research Association Conference on Education (FERA 2013) - Jyvaskyla, Finland
Duration: 21 Nov 201322 Nov 2013


ConferenceFinnish Educational Research Association Conference on Education (FERA 2013)
Abbreviated titleFERA 2013
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