Interest convergence in Australian education

Maxwell, Jacinta (2012) Interest convergence in Australian education. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 8 (2). pp. 1-19.

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Abstract

This paper utilises the late Derrick Bell's (1980) theory of interest convergence as an explanatory tool to understand Queensland secondary schools' lack of consultation with Indigenous communities. Past education initiatives are analysed through a lens of interest convergence theory in order to provide an alternative reading of some moments in policy history, particularly those related to community consultation. These analyses also provide the conceptual context in which the findings of a recent research project can be understood. This recent study explored the capacity of teachers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies to engage in consultation. These analyses suggest that Bell's theory warrants further investigation as to its relevance in an Australian education context, and its usefulness to critical scholars in this field.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association 2012. Open Access journal
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 06:33
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 06:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: interest convergence; consultation; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22247

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