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ERIC Number: EJ802547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
University-Qualified Indigenous Early Childhood Teachers Voices of Resilience
Fleet, Alama; Kitson, Ros; Cassady, Bevan; Hughes, Ross
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v32 n3 p17-25 Sep 2007
Demonstrating persistence and resilience, increasing numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood teachers are gaining university qualifications. This paper explores factors that support and constrain these students on the path to their degrees. Investigated through a cycle of interviews and focus groups, otherwise perceived as taking time to chat and yarn, the data speaks through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. Graduates from a cohort-specific three-year degree program, and several of their colleagues from an earlier program, share their reflections. The importance of family, community and infrastructure support is apparent, as well as recognition of complexities of "both ways" learning (Hughes, Fleet & Nicholls, 2003) and cultural boundary crossing (Giroux, 2005). Highlighting salient factors is critical in efforts to create and maintain conditions in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can gain university qualifications and extend their professional contributions. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia