Successful school to university pathways
for young people of refugee background
Dr. Jane Wilkinson
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Date: 18 November2014 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 to 2:00pm
Venue: Room C-LP-02, Lower Podium Floor, Block C, HKIEd Tai Po Campus
In 2008, the Australian Government set a target stipulating that by 2020, 20 percent of higher education enrolments at the undergraduate level would be made up of students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds. Students of refugee background are a specific group within this low SES targeted cohort but little research has occurred into their transition and retention in universities. In response to this research lacuna, an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching study (2013-2014), examined school to university pathways for young people of refugee origin. The study’s findings raise uncomfortable questions in regard to the roles and responsibilities of universities and staff in catering for the frequently highly complex needs of this demographic of students. This seminar argues that reflections on current university policies and practices are not solely a matter of economic productivity but a central commitment to university education as a form of socially just practice.
Dr. Jane Wilkinson is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. She is co convenor of the Leading and Learning: Theory and Practice Research Group of the Griffith Institute for Educational Research (GIER). Jane has published widely in the fields of women and academic leadership, practice theory (feminist, Bourdieuian and practical philosophy) and leadership, and refugee education. She is a Chief Investigator of an Office of Learning and Teaching Grant, Supporting School-University Pathways for Refugee Students’ Access and Participation in Tertiary Education (2013-2014) (co-investigators are Naidoo, Wilkinson, Langat, Adoniou and Cunneen).
Jane is co-author of Changing practices, changing education (Kemmis, Wilkinson, Edwards-Groves, Hardy, Grootenboer and Bristol) (Springer, 2014) and with Tanya Fitzgerald of Travelling towards a mirage? Gender, leadership and higher education (Post Pressed, 2010). Jane is a member of the editorial board, Journal of Gender Studies and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Education.
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** UNESCO Research Seminar Series is a HKIEd 20th Anniversary Celebratory Event, which is jointly organized by: the UNESCO Chair in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Lifelong Learning, the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre (HK), the UNESCO Arts-in-Education Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education (RLCCE), Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, and Centre for Governance and Citizenship.