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ERIC Number: EJ857222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Action Learning through Indigenous Literature
Beveridge, Lorraine; McLeod, Julie Hinde
Intercultural Education, v20 n2 p187-197 Apr 2009
The action learning project described tells about one primary school's journey in addressing issues of social justice and equity in relation to Aboriginal education in Australia. The setting was a new regional primary school in New South Wales, Australia. The school needed to get Aboriginal Education on the agenda, in line with the mandatory Aboriginal Education Policy. At the same time, the Prime Minister of Australia had just apologised on behalf of the government to the nation's Indigenous people for injustices of the past. This was the micro and macro context that set the scene for the action learning project, "Action learning through Indigenous literature", that took place during term two in 2008. Social injustices of the past were addressed and young students were made aware of Aboriginal history through Indigenous children's picture books, using authentic voice as a tool. The books were written by Aboriginal people about their unique history and culture. Indigenous people in Australia have had a long battle to maintain their cultural identity while seeking to achieve equity. By understanding the strong spiritual connection Aboriginal people have with the land, and valuing the richness of their culture, the author believes that all Australians benefit. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia