The discourse of public education: an urban campaign for a local public high school in Melbourne, Victoria

Emma Rowe

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This paper explores the metonymic slippage surrounding the discourse of public education, through observations and interviews with Lawson High School active campaigners in the state of Victoria, Australia. The notion of campaigning for public education has become an ever-present issue on an international scale, and this article aims to contribute qualitative knowledge regarding the key concepts that lobbyists produce and articulate within their meetings concerning public education. Data have been obtained through direct participatory observation within a contextually specific campaigning site, lobbyistsa?? publications and one-on-one interviews with active campaigners. Findings indicate that campaigners present distinct conceptualisations of public education as a discourse and a well-defined model of their school-of-choice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-128
Number of pages13
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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