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Cultural Well-Being in Classroom Communities in Australia


Emergy, S, Cultural Well-Being in Classroom Communities in Australia, The Oxford Encyclopedia of School Reform, Oxford University Press, WT Pink (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9780190841133 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1093/acref/9780190841133.001.0001


Well-being is an increasingly important topic of schooling policy and research internationally. While the concept of well-being is understood in various ways, little attention has been given to its cultural aspects. The convergence between culture, well-being, and learning is being realized, and the concept of cultural well-being presents new insights relevant to ongoing school reform efforts.

Cultural well-being is a nascent concept in education considered to relate to students' sense of connection to school, people, places, and cultures. A typology of cultural well-being produced from an Australian study of teachers' perceptions depicts three prominent interpretations of culture: (a) school culture, (b) processes of recognition, and (c) cultural participation and production. The typology of cultural well-being enables the interrogation of complex power relations, revealing some of the ways that schools continue to reproduce social and cultural inequalities. The application of a typology of cultural well-being illustrates the interplay between school culture, recognition, and cultural participation and can support international initiatives to reform schooling with a greater emphasis on the well-being of all students, potentially addressing and reducing inequalities.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:cultural wellbeing; school culture; recognition; identity; cultural practices
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Teacher and student wellbeing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Emergy, S (Dr Sherridan Emery)
ID Code:153140
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2022-09-07
Last Modified:2022-11-01

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