Elite education in the Australian context

Saltmarsh, Sue (2016) Elite education in the Australian context. In: Elite education: international perspectives. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Milton Park, United Kingdom, pp. 42-54. ISBN 978-1-138-79959-2


Australian schooling is generally categorised in line with historical differences that have existed in the funding and governance structures of the sector: public, Catholic and independent. However, distinctions between and within these three groupings have altered considerably in recent decades, requiring a reconsideration of the ways in which elite schooling might be recognised and understood. This chapter identifies some key distinguishing features of
Australia’s different schooling sectors, and suggests that within each there are examples of what might be considered ‘elite’ schools. I consider how, in the
Australian context, there is more to the elite status of schools than the privilege commonly associated with financial wealth, or the social and political influence
of its key stakeholders over time.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 22:44
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 23:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: elite education; Australia
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30178

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