Inclusion versus specialisation: issues in transforming the education of Australian show children

Danaher, Geoff and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2009) Inclusion versus specialisation: issues in transforming the education of Australian show children. In: Traveller, nomadic and migrant education. Routledge Research in Education (24). Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, United States , pp. 201-213. ISBN 0-415-96356-7; 0-203-87867-1 (ebk); 978-0-415-96356-5; 978-0-203-87867-5 (ebk)

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Despite social justice rhetoric, it is more difficult and expensive for schools to cater for those who deviate from accepted social norms. At the same time, minorities often find efforts to include them in mainstream schooling uncomfortable and even frightening. Yet specialised schooling seems even more expensive, and does nothing to challenge existing marginalising stereotypes.

This dilemma about the appropriate 'mix' between inclusion and specialisation has been played out in the recent educational experiences of Australian show children. Having suffered from educational neglect for generations, parents lobbied for a specialist program that still entailed interactions with local children and the dominant schooling bureaucracy. More recently, however, their efforts have seen the establishment of a separate school operating exclusively to the rhythms of their mobile lifestyle.

This chapter presents these eddies and flows in the education of Australian show children as the encapsulation of broader debates about the purposes and effects of
educational provision in the early 21st century. The issue of inclusion versus specialisation is linked with a discursive struggle involving material realities and ideological assumptions about schooling. In the context of that struggle, the show people have found a temporary settlement rather than a permanent resolution in their search for changing schools and educational transformation.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 14. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2010 05:20
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2016 03:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: inclusion; specialisation; education; Australia; Australian; show children
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
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified

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