This book will open your mind to the changing experience of schooling, and highlights new and different ways to help those whose needs simply don’t fit into the usual mould. With contributions from leading academics from Canada, America, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia, this internationally-minded book helps the reader to reflect on the ways young people are taught, and presents possible alternative approaches. Global social and economic changes and technological developments are driving the need for change within education, so that we can better cater for a diversity of young people. This book offers an overview of where we are now and where we might want to go in the future.
This chapter explores the policy and practice of part-time senior secondary study in the South Australian context in order to:
- open up questions about what counts as ‘normal’ senior secondary schooling; and
- demonstrate that young people's lives are complex, such that school and work and many other responsibilities/interests require change in school organization and ordinary expected practice.
The Emerging Issue of Part-Time Senior Secondary Study
Australia is now a high-achieving but low-equity educational nation, as McGaw (2006) has noted, considering we have both very high achievement in literacy, mathematics and science in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, and a long tail of poor achievement among Aboriginal, poor and rural/remote students. Most of that tail will not ...