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 SOCIAL TRENDS AND THEIR IMPACT ON QUEENSLAND EDUCATION

 

Learning to Live With Complexity

  1. 2010 - QUEENSLAND STATE EDUCATION

 

Don Edgar

Professor, Centre for Workplace Culture Change, RMIT, Melbourne, 2004

 

This was a major consultation report for Queensland Education which guided reforms to Queensland’s schools. It has been used widely in other states to rethink the role of schools as ‘gathering places’ for children, parents and the wider community. It argues that we must learn to live with complexity and become a full learning society if we are to survive the challenges of a global age. Because human and social capital develop within families and through wider social networks, our schools must be re-conceptualised as just one part of the learning culture and become embedded in society in new ways.

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CONTENTS

SECTION A :  CONFRONTING THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENT

 

  1. Structural Change in Australia’s Economy
  2. Income Inequality
  3. Change in the Work-Family Nexus
  4. Education and Training
  5. Changes in the Processes of Work
  6. The Significance of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Skills
SECTION B : LINKING FAMILIES, WORKPLACES AND SCHOOLS

 

  1. Thinking About Families and Schools
  2. The Changing Ecology of Childhood
  3. Summary of Changed Family Life Conditions
  4. Australian Multiculturalism
  5. Australia’s Increasing Age Divide
SECTION C : TOWARDS A NEW INTEGRATION

 

  1. The Changing Role of Government
  2. The Nature of Community
  3. Integrating Government Services Around Children
  4. The School as ‘Gathering Place
SECTION D : ASKING WHAT IS TECHNOLOGY FOR?

 

SECTION E : SUMMARY OF IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL CHANGE
FOR THE FUTURE OF SCHOOLS

 

Reference List

Appendices

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