Learning under ferris wheels and big tops: comparing the education of Australian show and circus people

Danaher, Patrick Alan (1999) Learning under ferris wheels and big tops: comparing the education of Australian show and circus people. Journal of Nomadic Studies (2). pp. 24-31. ISSN 1119-2712


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[Abstract]: Australian travelling show and circus people constitute two distinct groups of occupational travellers. Commonalities between the groups include their deviation from the 'norm' of fixed residence, with consequent challenges for conventional, site-based schooling, and their pride in distinctive cultural traditions. Differences include divergent patterns of itinerancy, social categorisation and institutional organisation and lobbying power, with resultant disparities in educational provision. Educational decision makers need to understand these kinds of commonalities and differences if groups such as Australian show and circus people are to have access to equitable and meaningful opprtunities and experiences.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper unavailable.
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 22:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, big tops, circus people, ferris wheels, show people, Traveller education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1904

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