ERIC Number: EJ834772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 23
The Education of Indigenous Australian Students: Same Story, Different Hemisphere
Reynolds, Richard J.
Multicultural Perspectives, v7 n2 p48-55 Apr 2005
Australia's indigenous population is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who each have distinctly different cultures. The former can be found in cities and towns and across the vast reaches of rural and remote Australia. The latter generally inhabit the coastal islands off the northeast coast and adjacent mainland areas. Indigenous peoples have lived on the Australian continental landmass since The Dreamtime (since time began) or, from a more scientific viewpoint, for at least 60,000 years. Indigenous Australians are generally very much influenced by a holistic, spiritual view of the world often referred to as "The Dreaming." This Aboriginal Genesis provides a historical framework, as well as a general ordering of life. In this article, the author discusses the initiatives made by the Australian government for the education of the Australian indigenous population in the past. He also describes how the endeavors of Australian educators to educate the Indigenous students parallel with the experience of American educators and their efforts on behalf of Native American students. The author concludes with his recommendations on improving the education provided for Indigenous students.
Descriptors: American Indians, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Comparative Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators, Ethnology, Performance Factors, Politics of Education, Educational Opportunities, Educational Development, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States