The media’s coverage of ‘Closing the Gap’ in Australian education

Heffernan, Troy A. and Maxwell, Jacinta (2019) The media’s coverage of ‘Closing the Gap’ in Australian education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. ISSN 0159-6306


Abstract

Since 2007, ‘Closing the Gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people has been an ambition of Australian state and federal governments in areas including education, employment, and health. This paper examines media responses to government policies aimed at closing the achievement gap in schools. The paper analyses print and online newspaper articles in national and capital city/state-based newspapers that reported on the implementation and success of Closing the Gap policies in Australia’s schools. The paper argues that media narratives are often based on NAPLAN results, data sourced from the MySchool website, or newspaper-created metrics that support their own narrative. This paper highlights the narratives being purported to readers via the selective nature of newspaper data, and subsequently how these narratives attempt to influence the public discourse.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2019 05:08
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 03:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Closing the gap, MySchool, NAPLAN, media, Australia, media text analysis
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2019.1592365
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36123

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