A reconceptualisation of 'knowing Asia' in Australian education

Salter, Peta (2015) A reconceptualisation of 'knowing Asia' in Australian education. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36 (6). pp. 781-794.

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Since 1969, over 60 Australian government and non-government policies, documents, committees, working parties and organisations have explored the need to 'know Asia'. In schools, this engagement is conceptualised as 'Asia literacy' and disseminated in the emerging Australian Curriculum through the cross-curriculum priority 'Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia'. However, 'Asia literacy' often struggles for purchase in Australian education. I argue that finding traction requires disruption of the dominant discourse of 'Asia' as a unitary construct and questioning what constitutes 'Asia'. This article explores how discourse can be reconceptualised to open up space for schools to engage with 'knowing Asia'.

Item ID: 35984
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-3739
Keywords: Asia literacy; discourse; postcolonial; Asian century; politics of knowledge
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Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 04:16
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education @ 90%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 10%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development @ 100%
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