Relational pedagogy and the policy failure of contemporary Australian schooling: activist teaching and pedagogically driven reform

Hickey, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9862-6444 and Riddle, Stewart ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1653-1300 and Robinson, Janean and Down, Barry and Hattam, Robert and Wrench, Alison (2021) Relational pedagogy and the policy failure of contemporary Australian schooling: activist teaching and pedagogically driven reform. Journal of Educational Administration and History. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0022-0620

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Abstract

This paper considers the implications of the current landscape of education policy reform in Australian schooling. We argue that the decontextualisation of education policy enactments and the eschewing of concerns relevant at the local level of the school over the past two decades have prompted various reform agendas to fail. We contend that recognition of the deep contextualisation of schools is paramount in any attempt at renewal. Therefore, it is at the local school-level that reform agendas can and should be directed by the pedagogical and innovative work of educators. We focus on ‘relational pedagogy’ because it offers opportunities to enact school-wide reform and enhance the professional capacities of educators as pedagogical innovators. Contemporary education reform agendas are best situated and registered within school sites and relational pedagogy stands as a deeply contextualised provocation for enacting school renewal.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 03:43
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2021 03:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relational pedagogy, teacher activism, educational reform, educational policy
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2021.1872508
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40513

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