This is a VitalSource e-book. In its second incarnation, Education, Change and Society continues to help readers situate educational activity in its broad social and policy contexts. The Australian education system and the government's responsibilities for education have all been subject to radical reform in recent decades. It has never been more important for students of education to be able to understand the connections between the local and the global in explaining contemporary educational change. To assist with this, every chapter of this text not only describes and analyses what is going on, but each chapter also interprets the evidence in different ways. Also, pedagogical features throughout encourage discussion of the issues raised.