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Reel Schools: Schooling and the Nation in Australian Cinema

Reel Schools: Schooling and the Nation in Australian Cinema (Paperback)

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Reel Schools takes a fresh look at the history of Australian schooling through the lens of Australian cinema from the silent era until 2010. In exploring the relationship between cinematic representation and educational history, Josephine May shows how numerous Australian feature and documentary films offer access to powerful vernacular imaginings about school education in Australia. May argues that the cinematic school is a pervasive metaphor for the Australian nation. She demonstrates that, while Australian films about schooling have consistently commented on the relationship of schooling to the Australian class structure, they also increasingly explored gender, race and ethnicity at school, especially after the 1970s. From then on the egalitarian dream of school education and the nation's capacity to generate meaningful futures for the young became increasingly contested.

EducationEducation TheoryPhilosophy & theory of educationMoral & social purpose of educationFilm, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaDocumentary filmsFilm, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm: styles & genresHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural history Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Publication Date: 20/02/2013 ISBN-13: 9783034306324  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Josephine May is Associate Professor (Teaching and Learning) and Deputy Director of the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research interests include Australian educational history, enabling education, childhood and youth history, and history and film.

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