Knowledge at the Crossroads? seminar and official book launch

Professor Lesley Farrell, Acting Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, cordially invites you to attend a seminar and official launch to celebrate the publication of Knowledge at the Crossroads? Physics and History in the changing world of schools and universities.

The purposes of formal education are in question in the 21st century, and schools and universities are subject to new forms of government steering and accountabilities. Drawing on interviews and policy analysis and contemporary debates about knowledge and curriculum, Knowledge at the Crossroads? examines what is happening to History and Physics in this changed environment. More broadly, it examines changing practices and pressures in Australian education and the dangers and unintended consequences of moving too sharply to short-term outcomes and performance measures.

Knowledge at the Crossroads? is a full account and discussion of the key findings of the Knowledge Building Project which was funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project 2011-2015. (Book flyer.)

Moderated by the book's lead author Professor Lyn Yates, the seminar will include an expert panel who will respond to the book's findings about History, Physics and the challenges for schools and universities today. The panel will consist of:

  • Professor Jan van Driel, Professor of Science Education
  • Professor Julie McLeod, Professor of Curriculum, Equity and Social Change
  • Dr Jessica Gerrard, Senior Lecturer in Education, Equity and Politics.

After the symposium, Professor Lesley Farrell will officially launch Knowledge at the Crossroads? over refreshments and we'll hear from the four book authors.

Please note that there are a limited number of tickets available for the seminar and you are welcome to attend either or both events