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Controversies in Education

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Policy and Practice

  • Helen Proctor
  • Patrick Brownlee
  • Peter Freebody


  • Expert collection of paired chapters addressing key contemporary debates in educational policy and practice

  • Offers a double perspective on each topic, from supplementing to countering and most points in between

  • Challenges prevailing orthodoxies in policy, curriculum, pedagogy and research


Part of the Policy Implications of Research in Education book series (PIRE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Dorothy Bottrell
    Pages 27-38
  3. Susan Groundwater-Smith, Nicole Mockler
    Pages 139-148
  4. Kitty te Riele
    Pages 149-156
  5. Patrick Brownlee, Peter Freebody
    Pages 207-216
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-220

About this book


This book is the outcome of a colloquium series organized by The University of Sydney in which leading and emerging researchers were invited to name what they took to be the deep flaws at the heart of contemporary educational and policy and practice in Australia and globally — to voice their potentially ‘heretical’ views on what most urgently needs to be done. The chapters in this collection are paired to offer two takes on each topic, from supplementing to critiquing to countering, and most points in between.

The issues addressed in this volume include:  the place of education in national and international marketplaces, mass testing and standardisation, the future of ‘multiculturalism’ in schools, the public funding of private schools, the complicated relationship between evidence and policy and the shifting politics of inequality. This book is based on the idea that recognising deep disagreements on big issues is a necessary accompaniment to imagining and developing productive ways forward. ​


Curriculum reduction Quality of life in and out of school School-community engagement Schooling in developed countries Standardized school testing The pursuit of inclusive education

Editors and affiliations

  • Helen Proctor
    • 1
  • Patrick Brownlee
    • 2
  • Peter Freebody
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. Education & Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Fac. Education & Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.University of Sydney Fac. Education & Social WorkSydneyAustralia

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