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Changing schools in changing times: Stabilising and sustaining whole school change in schools serving low-income communities

Funding: 2004: $22,500
2005: $45,000
2006: $45,000
2007: $22,500

Funding or Partner Organisation: NSW Department of Education and Training (NSW Department of Education and Training Partner Funds)
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)

Start year: 2005

Summary: This project addresses an enduring issue in educational research: how to achieve whole school change (WSC) to support improved student learning in communities experiencing significant social dislocation, educational disadvantage and student disengagement from learning. It tackles the industry partner's policy commitment to delivering substantive equity outcomes by researching a sustainable approach to WSC. We will work collaboratively with four schools to utilise a new technology of WSC that conceptualises the work of classroom teachers and school administrators as primarily pedagogical in nature. The findings will provide theoretical and practical insights on effective schooling in low income communities throughout Australia.

Keywords: Educational change, School Reform, Low Income,

FOR Codes: Sociology of Education, Educational Policy, Administration and Management, Professional Development of Teachers not elsewhere classified, Secondary education, Primary education, Education policy, Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators, Education and Training Systems Policies and Development, Sociology of education , Policies and development