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Space, Practice, Mobility


On Social Inequality and Educational Politics

Start Date

6th Apr 2017 3:00pm

End Date

6th Apr 2017 4:30pm


Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, Lecture Theatre 5

Can’t make it to Launceston? This event will be live streamed and recorded on the University of Tasmania Livestream Page.

In this panel discussion, six scholars working in educational studies in different national contexts will take up what Corbett and Helmer (2017) characterise as “geospatial debates over the proper scaling of educational services, the relationship between schooling and community development, and the question of what constitutes educational equality/equity and quality education”. It is now well understood that educational resources and outcomes are unequally distributed across social, cultural and physical geographies. This has led to an increased focus on issues of educational inequality and equity, some of which has problematized and sought to understand persistent educational challenges in non-metropolitan areas. This panel discussion features an international group of leading multidisciplinary scholars in the field of rural education.

Working from the disciplinary locations of English/literacies education, sociology, rural studies, youth studies, curriculum studies, history and geography, the symposium will offer perspectives on both the educational effects of the current political climate and the ways in which education and rurality are positioned within contemporary policy and practice debates.

Panel Discussion Presenters
  • Emeritus Professor Bill Green (Charles Sturt University)
  • Professor Kim Donehower (University of North Dakota)
  • Professor Michael Corbett (University of Tasmania)
  • Dr. Phillip Roberts (University of Canberra)
  • Professor Unn-Doris Baeck (The Arctic University of Trømso)
  • Professor Elaine Stratford (University of Tasmania)
  • Professor Sue Kilpatrick (University of Tasmania)