Guest Talk: Discourses of Educational Futures..., with Valerie Harwood, Monday, 6/5, 7-8:30pm

Title: Discourses of Educational Futures and the Subjugated and Disqualified Knowledges of Learning: The Lead My Learning Campaign

"What might critical practices for intervening in educational injustices be like if such practices also involved strategies that sought to modify, create and circulate discourses? And what might it be like to respectfully collaborate to make recognisable subjugated and disqualified knowledges and at the same time, endeavour to challenge, beguile, and coerce dominant deficit discourses?

This paper discusses work from a four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project that is working cross-culturally with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in places where people are experiencing significant educational disadvantages. The project task was to conceive, develop, and put into action an innovative approach for promoting educational futures in early childhood in places marked by poverty and educational disadvantage. To do so we have drawn on and modified social marketing techniques, and at the same time, to borrow from Foucault, endeavoured to engage discourses productively. To critically ‘figure out’ a way to promote educational futures, it wasn’t a matter of ‘telling people who experience disadvantage what to do’. Rather, it concerns and depends upon relationships and collaboration as well as understanding and appreciating the impacts of interactions with educational institutions. This paper will discuss how we have sought to intervene in educational injustices by challenging dominant discourses and how, through adapting social marketing techniques, we have devised a practice of strategic discourse production."
-- Valerie Harwood

Valerie Harwood is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of Wollongong and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology of Education, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney. Her research is centred on a social and cultural analysis of access and participation in educational futures. Her current research includes: Getting an Early Start to Education: Understanding how to promote educational futures in early childhood, partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and collaborations with Aboriginal community based projects including the Ngukurr News in South East Arnhem Land and Caring for Community in the Illawarra, NSW.

This guest talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Please rsvp with your interest and details by Friday, June 2nd.

Where: 305 Russell

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