Getting an Education on the Move Topic of Research

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ALTHOUGH the nomadic lifestyle of the Jolie-Pitts has cast the spotlight on the educational needs of travelling children, University of Southern Queensland academic Professor Patrick Danaher was interested in the field decades before it became trendy.

Professor Danaher, who is the associate dean in the Faculty of Education, said he first considered it as a possible research topic while he was working in central Queensland in 1991.

C[pounds sterling]The show was coming to town,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]Some colleagues and I were chatting in the lunch room and we wondered: CyHow do these children get an education?'.C[yen]

This simple discussion sparked an ongoing interest and rigorous research in the fascinating field of mobile education.

C[pounds sterling]The education system is based on people living in one place Co mobile learners disrupt those associations,C[yen] Professor Danaher said. C[pounds sterling]But there are an amazing number of people who are mobile at various points of their lives, including people who work in the armed forces and people who are homeless.C[yen]

Professor Danaher's research has focused on the fairground community and the circus industry.

C[pounds sterling]In Australia the fairground community is a very organised industry run by the Showman's Guild. …