Closing the rhetoric reality gap: effectively implementing engagement and wellbeing policies in Queensland State Secondary Schools

Herbert, Alice (2017) Closing the rhetoric reality gap: effectively implementing engagement and wellbeing policies in Queensland State Secondary Schools. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 3 (3). pp. 124-139.

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Abstract

Prescribed national curricula, state-wide implementation strategies and region specific mandated pedagogies may achieve consistency in Queensland secondary schools but to the detriment of student engagement and wellbeing. With such minimal focus on pastoral care, more students experience alienation, loneliness, low self-esteem and stress, resulting in challenging behaviour, disengagement and elevated student expulsion and dropout rates. This paper discusses the major findings from qualitative study that examined the rhetoric-reality gap that exists when implementing engagement and wellbeing policies in Queensland state secondary schools. This research attributes the rhetoric-reality gap to idealistic policy rhetoric, broad policy aims without actionable steps and generalised implementation that dissociates from policy objectives. This paper concludes that engagement and wellbeing needs to be foregrounded in state wide policies, engagement programs need to be implemented and teachers and students need to achieve agency in policy making if we are to bridge the rhetoric-reality gap.

Item ID: 54003
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2201-1315
Keywords: autoethnography; document analysis; education; engagement; policy; student; wellbeing
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 05:22
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 50%
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