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ERIC Number: EJ980930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Systemic Racism: The Hidden Barrier to Educational Success for Indigenous School Students
de Plevitz, Loretta
Australian Journal of Education, v51 n1 p54-71 Apr 2007
Explanations for poor educational experiences and results for Australian Indigenous school students have, to a great extent, focused on intended or conscious acts or omissions. This paper adopts an analysis based on the legislation prohibiting indirect racial discrimination. Using the elements of the legislation and case law it argues that apparently benign and race-neutral policies and practices may unwittingly be having an adverse impact on Indigenous students' education. These practices or policies include the building blocks of learning, a Eurocentric school culture, Standard English as the language of assessment, legislation to limit schools' legal liability, and teachers' promotions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia