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Beyond Nostalgia

Reshaping Australian education

Beyond Nostalgia by Terri Seddon
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This book opens a more inclusive debate about the reshaping of education for new times. It conveys a hard-nosed recognition of the conditions within which the reconstruction of modern education must proceed. It walks a path between utopianism and conformity to contemporary realities, seeking preferred but feasible educational reform. It steps between the advocates and critics of current education reform agendas in order to rethink education beyond nostalgia. The collection pursues this aim by contextualising and documenting developments in Australian education in the 1990s as a basis for extending debate about the reshaping of education in the 21st Century. It affirms that there are preferred, as well as probable, futures and explores the kind of contribution that education might make to social reform. Our approach in this collection is informed by recent debates in institutional theory which we have accessed through our role as coordinators of the education strand of the cross-disciplinary Reshaping Australian Institutions project that has been orchestrated by the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. This project is committed to documenting and evaluating the ongoing work of rethinking and reshaping Australia’s most crucial social institutions as we arrive at the turn of the century and the centenary of federation in Australia. It has encouraged debates between researchers investigating different theories of institutions, institutional change and processes of institutional design, and researchers involved in more substantive investigations of different social institutions (e.g. constitution, labour market, family, indigenous Australia, gender, population, economy, and education). The larger Reshaping Australian Institutions
Australian Council for Educational Research; Read online
Title: Beyond Nostalgia
Author: Terri Seddon; Lawrence Angus

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