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Compulsory Schooling in Australia

Perspectives from Students, Parents, and Educators

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Carol Reid, Katherine Watson
    Pages 9-22
  3. Carol Reid, Katherine Watson
    Pages 23-59
  4. Carol Reid, Katherine Watson
    Pages 61-90
  5. Carol Reid, Katherine Watson
    Pages 91-120
  6. Carol Reid, Katherine Watson
    Pages 121-151
  7. Carol Reid, Katherine Watson
    Pages 153-189
  8. Carol Reid, Katherine Watson
    Pages 191-200
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 201-232

About this book


In an examination of the impact of education policy on Australia's diverse student population, this book asks if increasing the years of compulsory schooling can make the positive social impact its proponents claim. The authors' analysis reveals a policy disjuncture wrought by competing agendas of increased school leaving age and school choice.


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About the authors

Author Carol Reid: Carol Reid is an Associate Professor at Western Sydney University, Australia. Author Katherine Watson: Katherine Watson is a Research Associate at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Bibliographic information


"Compulsory Schooling in Australia is a valuable and timely addition to current explorations of post-high school outcomes particularly for students for whom school has been difficult or alienating. Using data from students, parents, and teachers, Reid and Watson provide rich insights into the worlds of students who are expected to negotiate schooling in today's neoliberal context. This book promises to be a significant resource for academics, educators, policymakers, parents, and students. " Carl James, Professor, York University, Canada