Transforming social and educational governance: Trade training centres and the transition to social investment politics in Australia

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Title Transforming social and educational governance: Trade training centres and the transition to social investment politics in Australia
Author Hay, Stephen John
Journal Name British Journal of Educational Studies
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract Prior to its election to office in 2007, the Australian Labor Party announced a commitment to introduce Trade Training Centres (TTCs) into all Australian secondary schools as an initiative of its Education Revolution. TTCs were proposed as a key element of Federal Labor's education and training policy that aimed to manage future risks to Australia's competitiveness in the emerging global economy and to support school-to-employment transitions for young people. This analysis adopts a governmentality framework to conceptualise the Federal Government's introduction of TTCs alternatively as a key strategy for nationalising social investment politics in Australia. The paper draws on recent Australian policy documents to argue that TTCs are social technologies that work to open up social spaces in and around schools for governing relationships between schools and other community stakeholders, particularly businesses and families. The paper concludes by examining policy implications, including those of social justice, for promoting school community partnerships through TTCs.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8527.2009.00441.x
Volume 57
Issue Number 3
Page from 285
Page to 304
ISSN 0007-1005
Date Accessioned 2010-03-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Educational Administration, Management and Leadership; Secondary Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29831
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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