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Learning to produce good citizens for the future: An historical study of discourses on the education of 'youth' in Australia, 1960s-
Cultivating the right capacities in future generations is commonly linked to managing social change, for which education holds key responsibilities. From concerns about an apparent decline in authority and core values in the 60s, to the flexible citizen of the 90s, questions persist about how education should best prepare youth to become future citizens and proper adults. This study, combining approaches from cultural history and historical sociology, explores shifting agendas and reasoning in educational discourses on 'successful' learning for the future in relation to debates about youth identities, the purposes of schooling and the historically contingent signifier of 'quality learning'.