Government funding for English Traveller education support services

Currie, Helen and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2001) Government funding for English Traveller education support services. Multicultural Teaching, 19 (2). pp. 33-36. ISSN 0263-0869

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Abstract

It is well established that schools can be hostile and frightening places for children of ethnic minorities (see for example Garcia, 1999; Partington, 1998; Troyna, 1993). While debate continues about the enduring links between formal education and racism, most commentators agree that schools generally function as agents of the state in reproducing the dominant culture (Bourdieu & Passeron, 1977), which is almost by definition opposed to the existence and expression of minority cultures. All of this suggests that when government policy is directed explicitly at 'improving' schools, it might be considered reasonable to expect that this 'improvement' will lead to some positive changes in the educational experiences and opportunities of ethnic minorities. This paper demonstrates that such an assumption is a fallacy, certainly in relation to the particular ethnic minority considered here: Travellers.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Patrick Danaher
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:53
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: England, funding, government, Traveller Education Support Services
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1923

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