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SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar

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Today's date is Monday, June 25, 2018
Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Inside the choice machine: the public display of national testing data and its consequences Other events...
That schools and social stratification are strongly linked is a ‘familiar’ sort of insight (Connell 2012). Connell also reminds us that the means by which inequality is produced and reproduced is historically contingent, arguing that, ‘a major shift is [currently] happening between old forms of inequality based on institutional segregation and new forms of inequality based on market mechanisms’ (p.681). In this presentation we want to move beyond assertions regarding new stratifications, to test the validity of a significant claim about market mechanisms further concentrating class divides through government techniques of choice and the “machinery” surrounding this. The focus is on Australian primary schools (a rather ignored arena when it comes to researching school choice), for which we pay particular attention paid to a government endorsed website called My School which makes public aggregated school test scores from the National Assessment Programme: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which is justified on the grounds that parents need these sorts of data if they are to make informed decisions about which school to send their child to. Ultimately in this presentation we will use the national data available through My School to test hypotheses suggesting that the practice of making NAPLAN data publically available increases social class concentration of students with elite schools attracting students from advantaged families, and vice versa.
Speaker(s) Martin Forsey and Graham Brown
Location Social Sciences Building Room 2204
Contact Dr Alka Sabharwal <alka.sabharwal@research.uwa.edu.au>
Start Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:30
End Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <karen.eichorn@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Mon, 28 May 2018 10:12
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