Power/knowledge and the educational experiences and expectations of Australian show people

Danaher, Geoff and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2000) Power/knowledge and the educational experiences and expectations of Australian show people. International Journal of Educational Research, 33 (3). pp. 309-318. ISSN 0883-0355

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[Abstract]: A Foucauldian perspective reveals how ‘knowledge’ can be complicit with ‘power’ in privileging some individuals and groups while marginalising others. This crucial point alerts educational researchers to the ethical and political implications of recording itinerant people’s reflections on their educational experiences and their expectations of alternative forms of schooling. Thus the Australian show people’s general dissatisfaction with the learning opportunities available in the past has fuelled their determined lobbying for a separate school for show children; here the demand for a specific form of knowledge provision articulates with the show people’s engagement with state and institutional power. The chapter illustrates this argument by drawing on the senior author’s semi-structured interviews with show children, parents, home tutors and teachers in five sites between 1992 and 1996.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:54
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, Michel Foucault, power/knowledge, show people, Traveller education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1932

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