Making connections: exploring the complexity of the secondary-tertiary nexus in English from the perspective of regional Australia

Kuttainen, Victoria, and Hansen, Claire (2021) Making connections: exploring the complexity of the secondary-tertiary nexus in English from the perspective of regional Australia. English in Australia, 55 (2). pp. 39-51. (In Press)

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Abstract

Mutual support and dialogue across secondary and tertiary English is vital work in urgent times. In this article, the authors examine Australia’s secondary-tertiary English education nexus, building on previous scholarship to explore points of connection and disconnection with a view to identifying sustainable ways of supporting points of interchange. Using the framework of complexity theory, they identify nested and overlapping sets of educational systems. Acknowledging complexity in the endeavour to build dialogue across sectors is one of five principles the authors outline in terms of proactive ways for building further dialogue. In English education, complexity exists at both the macro-level and the micro-level. Macro-level complexity involves but is not limited to the national curriculum, peak bodies for English, and the academic discipline, broadly conceived; micro-level complexity involves local community interactions, particular university environments, and the enacted secondary curriculum at any given school or site. The authors point to regional Australia as a place where interaction across the secondary-tertiary divide sometimes spontaneously occurs; ultimately, they make recommendations that larger structures and supports are needed to ensure this kind of interaction is both sustainable and more broad-based.

Item ID: 68769
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0155-2147
Copyright Information: © Australian Association for the Teaching of English 2020
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 00:38
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470599 Literary studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130203 Literature @ 100%
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