Itinerant farm workers' children in Australia: learning from the experiences of one family

Henderson, Robyn (2009) Itinerant farm workers' children in Australia: learning from the experiences of one family. In: Traveller, nomadic and migrant education. Routledge Research in Education (24). Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, NY. United States, pp. 47-58. ISBN 978-0-415-96356-5


For the children of itinerant farm workers in Australia, changing schools generally involves relocating from one state or territory to another and moving in and out of educational systems which have different school entry ages, transition points, curriculum and even handwriting. Although recent discussions about a national curriculum have highlighted some of the educational disruptions experienced by children who change schools across state borders, this area of education traditionally has not been given high priority by education systems. Nevertheless, schools whose enrolments escalate in line with local harvesting seasons are very aware of the impact of a fluctuating student population. To tease out some of the educational issues that relate to itinerant farm workers' children, this chapter focuses on the primary-school aged children of one family. By examining the discourses that circulated in a school where the children were enrolled for two winter harvesting seasons, the chapter offers insights into the way that education 'worked' for those particular children. It also considers how schools might think differently about itinerancy, to ensure productive responses to the educational needs of itinerant children.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 04:19
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 03:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: itinerant; itinerancy; mobility; rural; primary education; deficit discourses; disadvantage
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4324/9780203878675

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