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Jean Blackburn: Education, Feminism and Social Justice

Craig Campbell Debra Hayes



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Monash University Publishing
01 August 2019
Biography; Biography: historical, political & military
From the maelstrom of the Depression and World War II, from Communist Party membership in the 1930s-1950s, and early attachment to the feminism and peace, Jean Blackburn emerged as a significant public intellectual. Her life work was the attachment of education policy to the causes of social equality and opportunity. She worked with Peter Karmel on the most significant government report framing school policy in the twentieth century, the blue-print for the Australian Schools Commission.

Blackburn was the architect of the Disadvantaged Schools Program, which revolutionised the way that public and Catholic schools delivered education to families marked by many disadvantages, including poverty. She was an architect of the Girls, School and Society report of 1976. Jean Blackburn possessed a charismatic presence, never more in evidence than as she worked on senior secondary school reform in Victoria in the 1980s. As a feminist Blackburn bridged the generations. She was a fiercely independent, courageous, creative and effective social reformer and public intellectual.
By:   Craig Campbell, Debra Hayes
Imprint:   Monash University Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781925835274
ISBN 10:   1925835278
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Craig Campbell is an historian of education based at the University of Sydney. His books include A History of Australian Schooling (2014) and School Choice (2009). He is a recent editor of the History of Education Review and the on-line Dictionary of Educational History in Australia and New Zealand. Debra Hayes is Professor of Education and Equity in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research investigates the inequitable effects of schooling in contexts where there are high levels of poverty and difference. Her early work was strongly influenced by Jean Blackburns writing.

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