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Nakata, Martin; Nakata, Vicky; Day, Andrew; Peachey, Michael – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2019
The current change agenda to improve the persistently lower rates of access, participation and outcomes of Indigenous Australians in higher education is a broad one that attempts to address the complex range of contributing factors. A proposition in this paper is that the broad and longer-term focus runs the risk of distracting from the detailed…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Academic Support Services, Outcomes of Education, Access to Education
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Andersen, Clair; Edwards, Ann; Wolfe, Brigette – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2017
"Riawunna" is an Aboriginal word meaning "a place of learning" for Aboriginal people, from entry level to tertiary studies, at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and operates on Hobart, Launceston and Burnie campuses. The Riawunna Centre was established to encourage Aboriginal people to aspire to higher levels of education, and…
Descriptors: Imagery, Indigenous Populations, Academic Aspiration, Pacific Islanders
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Bobongie, Francis – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2017
This paper explores the transitional experiences and challenges faced by girls from the Torres Strait Islands when they leave individual communities to attend boarding school in regional Queensland. The paper presents original ethnographic research using a narrative enquiry approach, capturing stories as narrated by a broad cohort of girls from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Boarding Schools, Student Experience
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Guenther, John; Disbray, Samantha; Osborne, Sam – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2015
The Remote Education Systems (RES) project within the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) has, over the last four years, gathered and analysed qualitative data directly from over 230 remote education stakeholders and from more than 700 others through surveys. The research was designed to answer four questions:…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Rural Education, Qualitative Research, Indigenous Populations
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Maher, Marguerite; Buxton, Lisa – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2015
The "Early Years Learning Framework for Australia" emphasises that children's own identity is constructed within their given context of family and community. This article presents the findings of a multiple case study project undertaken within five remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, Australia. Community Elders were…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Prereading Experience, Numeracy, Foreign Countries
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Herbert, Jeannie; McInerney, Dennis M.; Fasoli, Lyn; Stephenson, Peter; Ford, Lysbeth – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2014
This article reports on the findings of an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project, "Building the future for Indigenous students", an investigation of the hopes and dreams for the future of over 1,000 secondary students, 733 of whom were Indigenous, living in very remote, remote, and urban locations in the Northern…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Minority Group Students, Qualitative Research
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Guenther, John – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2013
For quite some time the achievements of students in remote Australian schools have been lamented. There is not necessarily anything new about the relative difference between the results of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in remote communities and their counterparts in urban, regional and rural schools across Australia. However, in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Pacific Islanders, Rural Schools
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Osborne, Sam; Guenther, John – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2013
Recent debates in Australia, largely led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island academics over the past 5 or so years, have focused on the need for non-Indigenous educators to understand how their practices not only demonstrate lack of understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing, but even deny their presence. This debate has…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Teaching Methods, Rural Education, Foreign Countries
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Munns, Geoff; O'Rourke, Virginia; Bodkin-Andrews, Gawaian – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2013
This article reports on a large mixed methods research project that investigated the conditions of success for Aboriginal school students. The article presents the qualitative case study component of the research. It details the work of four schools identified as successful for Aboriginal students with respect to social and academic outcomes, and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries
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Guenther, John; Bat, Melodie; Osborne, Sam – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2013
When people talk about education of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, the language used is often replete with messages of failure and deficit, of disparity and problems. This language is reflected in statistics that on the surface seem unambiguous in their demonstration of poor outcomes for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Education, Indigenous Populations, Educationally Disadvantaged
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Clarke, Kendall; Denton, Marijke – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2013
Supporting children in their early development and learning has long-term benefits for both them and the broader community. Yet in Australia we still have significant examples of inequality of opportunity (Allan, 2010) and other structural barriers to family wellbeing, particularly in Indigenous and rural and remote communities (Bourke, Humphreys,…
Descriptors: Well Being, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Rural Areas
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Vass, Greg – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2012
It is the aim of this article to provoke debate and encourage greater scrutiny regarding the use and meaning of the expression "Indigenous education" within the discursive practices, research and policy in Australian education. Drawing on Hall's (2007) development of ideas from Foucault that give rise to "Indigenous education"…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Language Usage
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Plater, Suzanne – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2012
In 2008, almost 40% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion at The University of Sydney failed to complete the course. Although this was not considered unusual when compared to previous years, the decision was made to investigate why so many students struggled to meet the…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Health Promotion, Stakeholders, Semi Structured Interviews
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Bodkin-Andrews, Gawaian H.; Dillon, Anthony; Craven, Rhonda G. – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2010
The notion of academic disengagement, regardless of its specific conceptualisation (e.g., cognitive, affective, or behavioural) is one that has received considerable attention within the educational and social psychological literature, especially with regard to disadvantaged minority groups. Although such research has done much to identify the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Minority Groups, Self Concept, Foreign Countries
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Rahman, Kiara – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2010
It is well documented, that Indigenous students, compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts, attend school less frequently, and are more likely to develop anti-schooling attitudes leading to their early exit from school (Hayes et al., 2009; Gray & Partington, 2003; Hunter & Schwad, 2003). Although research does suggest that there has…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes
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