Embedding indigenous perspectives in university teaching and learning: lessons learnt and possibilities of reforming / decolonising curriculum

McLaughlin, Juliana M. & Whatman, Susan L. (2007) Embedding indigenous perspectives in university teaching and learning: lessons learnt and possibilities of reforming / decolonising curriculum. In 4th International Conference on Indigenous Education: Asia/ Pacific, 19-22 July, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)


Embedding Indigenous knowledge in the curriculum continues to challenge traditional western perspectives on Indigenous epistemologies and cultures. This paper will initially discuss experiences of embedding Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum at an Australian university. The project was inspired by the Reconciliation Statement which ensured funding through Teaching and Learning Large Grants. Its successful outcomes included the creation of identified positions for Indigenous academics within faculties, creation of a resource hub of relevant teaching materials and consistent documentation and awareness of Indigenous perspectives through interviews and staff development workshops.

The paper concludes by critically interrogating the methodology used to conceptualise Indigenous knowledge in embedding Indigenous perspectives (EIP) in a university curriculum. This paper argues for a thorough curriculum reform if a degree of decolonisation of the western constructed Indigenous knowledge and its living systems are desired.

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ID Code: 10350
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Indigenous education, Indigenous knowledge, embedding Indigenous perspectives, in university curriculum, decolonising teaching, curriculum reform, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult Authors)
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 04:50

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