Spaces for variations in the Asia Literacy 'Policy Gap'

Salter, Peta (2018) Spaces for variations in the Asia Literacy 'Policy Gap'. In: Soong, Hannah, and Cominos, Nayia, (eds.) Asia Literacy in a Global World: an Australian perspective. Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: issues, concerns and prospects, 45 . Springer, Singapore, pp. 87-100.

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This chapter interrogates theoretical complexities of the construal of Asia and Asia literacy in education policy in the Australian context. It explores the values and objectives at play in the representation of the 'problem' that requires an Asia learning 'solution'. To a certain extent, the positioning of Asia learning in policy is "creative" (Bacchi, 2009, p. 211) of neoliberal and neo-colonial constructs of the problem in the first place. Asia learning is simultaneously positioned as both 'problem', in a perceived lack of Asia knowledge needed to ensure economic futures for Australia in the Asian cen-tury, and 'solution' as an imperative to increase this knowledge. Central to this 'solution' is the cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum. This chapter interrogates the trajectory of such policy from 'text' to 'in context' in the classroom, and the way in which school actors both respond to and create space to re-imagine narrative possibilities of the 'solution'. These re-imagined narratives can represent encouraging departures from governing neoliberal approach-es; however residual imperial notions of 'Asia' and ‘Asian culture’ enduringly haunt them. The latter highlights the im-portance of teacher’s intellectual engagement in theoretical work regarding how they will 'know' Asia, as a necessary pre-cursor to 'doing', though 'doing' is often what dominates dis-cussion of classroom enactment. This chapter concludes by exploring the possibilities for teachers to navigate the multiple and dialectical spaces for variation in the Asia literacy 'policy gap'.

Item ID: 55201
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-13-1068-3
ISSN: 1573-5397
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 23:40
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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