The phrase “free, compulsory, and secular” is central to Australia’s understanding of its own education system. Yet the extent to which education in Australia, or anywhere else for that matter, can be described as “secular” is never clear or settled. This work examines the history of education in Australia, from 1910 through to the present, through an interdisciplinary survey of key scholarship and a series of six original case studies. It seeks to uncover the extent to which the education system has undergone a process of secularisation and argues that the very meaning of the term “secular” is always contingent and changeable.
Clarissa Carden (Ph.D. Griffith University, Australia, 2018), is a Griffith University Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research focuses on the intersection of morality and social change, with a particular focus on the lives of children and young people.
List of Tables Abstract Keywords Part 1: Secularisation and Australian Education: Definitions and Approaches
Part 2: Religious Instruction and State Schools: Expansion and Constraint in the Early Twentieth Century
Part 3: Government and Non-government Schools: Questions of Faith, Choice, and Control in the 1960s and 1970s
Part 4: Twenty-First Century Debates: Christian Influence in a Complex System
Part 5: Conclusion
Students and researchers in the study of secularisation, religious studies, education studies, sociological, and cultural studies.