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Anti-racism in schools: A question of leadership?

Aveling, N. (2007) Anti-racism in schools: A question of leadership? Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 28 (1). pp. 69-85.

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Between 1999 and 2003 a number of principals (n=35) from a range of schools in Western Australia were interviewed to investigate the extent to which the state's Antiracism policy and guidelines for complaint resolution (1998) had impacted on the day-to-day management of schools. These principals overwhelmingly reported that racism was not a problem within their schools. At the same time they constructed racism in terms of individual pathologies and suggested that any racist incidents, should these arise, could be dealt with more than adequately under various school-based behaviour management or anti-bullying policies. There were no real differences in responses over time, nor were there any discernible patterns according to type of school. The findings suggest that the majority of these school managers did not understand the nature and extent of racism and were ill-equipped to deal with the more covert expressions of racism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: 2007 Taylor & Francis
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