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Thorpe, Katrina; Burgess, Cathie – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2016
This paper explores and challenges our assumptions as lecturers about preservice teachers' knowledge and beliefs entering a mandatory Indigenous Studies subject. A total of 38 focus groups were conducted over two years (2011-2012) with preservice teachers enrolled in teaching degrees at the University of Sydney. Findings were analysed to identify…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Preservice Teachers, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries
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Burgess, Cathie; Cavanagh, Paddy – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2016
A lack of teacher awareness of the cultural and historical background of Aboriginal students has long been recognised as a major causative factor in the failure of Australian schools to fully engage Aboriginal students and deliver equitable educational outcomes for them. Using Wenger's communities of practice framework, this paper analyses the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Indigenous Populations, Program Effectiveness, Faculty Development