ERIC Number: EJ955873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Indigenous Australians' Access to Higher Education: A Catholic University's Response
Carpenter, Peter G.; McMullen, Gabrielle L.
Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, v25 n2 p215-235 Sum 2006
Australia's Indigenous peoples represent 2.5% of the national population but this number is increasing at a faster rate than the national average of other demographic groups. The history of the Indigenous peoples is one of dispossession and displacement, and a loss of cultures and languages. Access to and participation in education at all levels, but especially higher education, holds the key to the full integration of this group in Australia's civic and political life and the nation's growth and development. Inspired by the call from Pope John Paul II to establish a new society for indigenous peoples, Australian Catholic University, in keeping with the social justice tradition of the Catholic Church, has sought to widen the access to and encourage the participation of Indigenous students in its courses and the promotion of Indigenous perspectives in the University curriculum. The university has recommitted itself to ensuring that Australia's Indigenous peoples have access to the University and are provided with the support and encouragement to facilitate successful completes of the courses they undertake. This article explores the issue of access with an in-depth case study.
Descriptors: Access to Education, Church Related Colleges, Catholic Schools, Indigenous Populations, Social Justice, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia