The endgame for national girls' schooling policies in Australia?

Ailwood, J. and Lingard, B. (2001) The endgame for national girls' schooling policies in Australia?. Australian Journal of Education, 45 1: 9-22.

Author Ailwood, J.
Lingard, B.
Title The endgame for national girls' schooling policies in Australia?
Journal name Australian Journal of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9941
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 45
Issue 1
Start page 9
End page 22
Total pages 14
Editor S. Marginson
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher Australian Council for Educational Research
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
749905 Gender aspects of education
1399 Other Education
Abstract Gender equity: A framework for Australian schools is the most recent policy dealing with gender in schools at the national level in Australia. This paper provides a critical discourse analysis of the policy document, tracking two themes: 'the construction of gender', and 'equity: a discourse of education for all boys and girls'. Through this analysis the authors argue that the policy signals a substantial shift in focus-from girls and boys in relation to girls, to both girls and boys-within a framework of presumptive equality. It is also argued that the policy shuts down federal involvement in policy for girls' schooling. In the process, responsibility is devolved to the states and territories where, in many cases, gender equity programs will be struggled over at a local, school-based level. At the same time, however, spaces have been created which potentially enable new strategies for gender equity policies in Australian schools.
Keyword Education & Educational Research
Educational Policy
Federal Aid
Politics Of Education
Educational Sociology
Sex Discrimination
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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