Brotherhood of St Laurence

Closing the gap in Education: Improving Outcomes in Southern World Societies /

By: Nieuwenhuysen, John
Contributor(s): Snyder, Ilana
Publisher: Clayton, Vic. Monash University Publishing 2010ISBN: 0980651239; 9780980651232Subject(s): Education | Education Costs | Marginality, Social | Indigenous Peoples Cross-cultural Studies | Poverty | Poverty Indicators
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In November 2009 a notable conference was held at the campus of Monash South Africa, near Johannesburg. It was the third international conference in a highly successful series of partnerships between the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements (MISGM) and Monash South Africa. ; Entitled Closing the Gap in Education?, the conference attracted distinguished international speakers, including the 2009 Australian of the Year, Professor Mick Dodson AM, who is among the most eminent of Monash University?s graduates. In addition, leading scholars, officials and educationalists from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Britain participated, and this volume of refereed papers, published by Monash University Publishing, is the outcome of their presentations. ; The themes of the conference were the pressing challenges facing education systems in three southern world societies ? Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Of special concern was the way in which the needs of marginalised students in both urban fringe and remote regional areas are being met. ; The comparisons between these three different countries are set against the background of their considerable underlying similarities, including colonial settlement histories, multicultural societies, and separate dualistic pockets of poverty and affluence.

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