Senior Lecturer, faculty of, Deakin University.
Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research.
The Role of Schools in the Enhancement of Social
Tolerance and Cohesion
It is generally assumed that education will be good for a
country and its inhabitants. But if the educational experience
does not support those aspects of a culture the inhabitants believe
to be most important, it does not contribute to social cohesion.
Societies adjusting to 'modern' forces, question the 'benefits'
of education, when they have If OK poorly-funded, centralised
education systems, uneven access to schooling, and where student
progress is determined by academic exams and post-school unemployment
options are few. In such circumstances, citizens are uncertain
how to use education to cohere their culture and society.
This consultancy project sought the views of citizens in the
Pacific region of the on the role of schools in maintaining culture
and in promoting social tolerance and harmony. Researchers also
developed an educational framework for promoting social cohesion
and democratic participation in schools in the Pacific region.
This presentation will consider theoretical issues, case study
findings and the educational framework developed.
Suzanne Mellor: BA, Dip Ed (Melbourne), BEd. (La Trobe),
MEd St. (Monash)
Suzanne is a Research Fellow at ACER. She has conducted case-study
research and directed research projects for governments and instrumentalities.
These have included investigation of curricula programs and the
evaluation of assessment and reporting regimes. She has written
reports associated with this research work and has presented
conference papers and published nationally and internationally
in practitioner and other journals. She has developed curriculum,
and written classroom textbooks. She has also taught in a range
of places of learning, from secondary schools to teacher-training
Warren Prior: BA, BEd. , M. Ed.
Warren is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Deakin
University. His teaching and research interests include social
education curriculum development, citizenship education and school
effectiveness. He has recently undertaken a number of consultancy
projects both nationally and internationally with a focus on
the role of schools in enhancing social learning.