ERIC Number: ED448953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
School Communities: National Inquiry into Rural and Remote Education.
Wilkie, Meredith; Newell, Susan
This document focuses on ways that Australian Aboriginal parents and communities can get involved in schools. It reflects the recommendation given to the Australian Parliament by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) concerning the rights of Indigenous communities to self-determination within the education system. Chapters are devoted to seven different ways of getting involved in local schools, with examples drawn from actual experiences in different parts of Australia. The types of involvement described are parent committees, interagency committees, culturally appropriate schools, independent community schools, curriculum development, and teaching as an assistant teacher or aide. The last chapter describes how the best of these strategies have been combined in a culturally appropriate bilingual school with many Indigenous teachers and strong links with the local Indigenous community. Each chapter typically describes the main example in some detail, presents opinions about the example, discusses benefits and problems, identifies other examples, and presents recommendations from HREOC concerning the strategy or program discussed. (TD)
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Bilingual Schools, Case Studies, Community Involvement, Community Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Place Based Education, School Community Relationship, Self Determination
Full text at Web site: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/human_rights/rural/education/index.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents
Authoring Institution: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Sydney (Australia).