Journal article

Language programming in rural and regional Victoria Making space for local viewpoints in policy development

Yvette Slaughter, Joseph Lo Bianco, Renata Aliani, Russell Cross, John Hajek

Australian Review of Applied Linguistics | John Benjamins Publishing | Published : 2019

Abstract

Despite decades of often ambitious policies in Australia, languages education is still characterized by intermittent commitment to the teaching of languages, with inequitable access particularly entrenched in rural and regional contexts. While research has focused on the practical and material constraints impacting on policy implementation, little research has investigated the role of the discursive terrain in shaping expectations and limitations around what seems achievable in schools, particularly, from the school principal perspective. Beginning with an overview of policy interventions and an analysis of contemporary challenges, we use Q methodology to identify and analyze viewpoints at w..

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