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Kelly, Steven – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2020
This paper discusses the PhD research process from my perspective as an Aboriginal man. The paper illuminates how I navigated my way through a Western academic system using an Aboriginal framework. I give insights into the dynamics at play in both academic and traditional ways of knowing, being and doing. As an Aboriginal researcher, I was intent,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Students, Males, Educational Experience
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Nakata, Martin – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2018
This is a reflective opinion piece, on our efforts in Australia to achieve alignment between the goals of Indigenous self-determination, Indigenous studies programmes and decolonising theory for an open and critical dialogue in south-south scholarship agendas. In this spirit, extant approaches to Indigenous studies in the Australian higher…
Descriptors: Reflection, Opinions, Alignment (Education), Self Determination
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Barney, Katelyn – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2014
This article takes the form of an interview with Sandy O'Sullivan, who is a partner on the Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network, about key issues that have arisen through Network discussions. She is a Wiradjuri woman and a Senior Aboriginal researcher at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. O'Sullivan…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Populations, Postsecondary Education
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Exley, Beryl – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2010
This paper critiques a 2008 Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) assessment initiative known as Queensland Comparable Assessment Tasks, or QCATs. The rhetoric is that these centrally devised assessment tasks will provide information about how well students can apply what they know, understand and can do in different contexts (QSA, 2009). The QCATs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Performance Based Assessment, Language Tests, English
Howard, Damien – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2002
Fifty-two Indigenous adults in Northern Territory (Australia) who were returning to education reflected on their earlier experiences in school and on factors that contributed to their motivation to stay in school or drop out early. Factors included family support and family problems, influence of friends, problems with other students, and good and…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Academic Persistence, Adult Students, Dropouts
Semchison, Michael Red Shirt – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
A 56-year-old Canada Native took a college course on Australian Indigenous approaches to knowledge. He observed that initially many students were hindered by their past experience with linear paradigms of structured academic processes. Eventually they let their minds access spirit and feeling in addition to thought, allowing a recall of life…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Canada Natives, Cognitive Style, College Students
Dunbar-Hall, Peter – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
Music educators with little experience in Aboriginal culture have trouble teaching Aboriginal music in schools. Indigenous music activity in the Kimberley region of Western Australia illustrates four contexts in which Indigenous music could be studied: local versus national Indigenous music, and Indigenous music in relation to history, place, and…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Cultural Maintenance, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries
Mackinlay, Elizabeth – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
A college course in Queensland (Australia) brings Indigenous women into the class to teach their music and dance. Performative pedagogy involves students as audience and participants, providing opportunities to critically engage with the social, political, and ethical dimensions of power and knowledge in the university setting. Student comments…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, College Programs, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Awareness
Patten, Herb; Ryan, Robin – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
When the Australian government's Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation terminated at the end of 2000, a people's foundation took up the work. A knowledge of Australian Aboriginal history would foster the respect necessary for reconciliation. Research can help by implementing emerging canons in which Aboriginal perspectives provide the framework…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Action Research, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness
Mackinlay, Elizabeth – Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 2001
A White Australian professor of a class on Indigenous women's dance has her Aboriginal sister-in-law conduct workshops on Indigenous dance. The classroom dynamics resulting from the complex power relationships (teacher as White woman, Aboriginal family member, and students) disturbs Western paradigms. The responsibility of "safely…
Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Classroom Environment, Consciousness Raising, Dance Education