Creating and consolidating capacities among Australian show people

Danaher, Patrick Alan ORCID: (2012) Creating and consolidating capacities among Australian show people. In: Constructing capacities: building capabilities through learning and engagement. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 160-177. ISBN 144384179X


Creating and consolidating a wide range of capacities are crucial to the continued sustainability of Australian show people’s aspirations and activities as a form of business, a type of community and a way of life. Drawing on a large-scale, multi-year corpus of qualitative, semi-structured interview data with several show families and the teachers of their children, this chapter presents a theoretically framed account of show people’s working capacities and their strategies for building those capacities based on the useful conceptual distinctions between formal and informal learning and between lifelong and lifewide learning. The chapter also highlights those capacities that have been facilitated by the show people’s previous and current experiences of formal educational provision and those that have been constrained by such provision. The author argues that a transformative approach to educating mobile workers like the Australian show people entails the construction and enhancement of capabilities simultaneously on the showgrounds and in the classroom. This argument has important implications for the ongoing theorisation of capacities and for understanding how and why capacities can be developed and/or destroyed in particular contexts.

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Additional Information: Chapter 9. c. Cambridge Scholars 2012.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 00:28
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 05:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, capacity-building, fairground people, mobile learners, mobile workers, show people
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390399 Education systems not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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