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ERIC Number: EJ763908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1359-866X
Secret Transmissions: Modelling Cross-Cultural Relations in Classroom Discourses
Harrison, Neil
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v35 n1 p41-53 Feb 2007
It is often assumed in education that we have left the deficit model behind, but this paper suggests that policies and programs continue to position Indigenous students within a discourse of progress and enlightenment. Through this discourse, they are positioned between an image of what they once were as disadvantaged and what they are supposed to become in the process of studying at school and university. This paper examines some of the messages that are secretly transmitted both inside and outside the classroom when Indigenous students are constituted in discourse as "behind" or "below" and having to "catch-up" to the non-Indigenous students. It suggests other ways in which teachers could address the production of cross-cultural relations through classroom discourses to avoid positioning Indigenous people in a deficit relation to non-Indigenous people.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia