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Bridging the educational gap : Indigenous and non-Indigenous beliefs, attitudes and practices in a remote Australian school

Warren, Elizabeth, Cooper, Thomas J., & Baturo, Annette R. (2008) Bridging the educational gap : Indigenous and non-Indigenous beliefs, attitudes and practices in a remote Australian school. Educational Practice and Theory, 30(1), pp. 41-56.

Abstract

Indigenous education remains of grave concern within Australian society (Fitzgerald, 2002). Systems are currently making limited educational impact in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (Department of Education, Training and Employment, 2002). In particular, Indigenous students' beliefs about the relevance of education, attitudes towards school, behaviour in school and attendance at school are affecting their educational performance (Bourke, Rigby & Burdon, 2000; Cataldi & Partington, 1998; Ministerial Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA), 2002).

This chapter reports on the success of a 3-year longitudinal professional learning project in a remote Australian school. Using mathematics as the vehicle, this project set out to improve Indigenous students' learning outcomes by enhancing their beliefs, attitudes and practices and thus to begin to bridge the current educational gap between them and non-Indigenous students. The chapter reviews the literature relevant to the relationship between beliefs, attitudes, practices and performance, outlines the project generally and, for the particular school Albertown (Pseudonym), describes findings with regard to beliefs and attitudes, and discusses the implications for future intervention projects.

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ID Code: 14539
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Indigenous education, mathematics education, indigenous mathematics, maths, indigenous maths, indigenous learning, indigenous learning styles, indigenous student experiences, student performance and affects, affective student experience, student beliefs, student perceptions
ISSN: 1323-577X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 James Nicholas Publishers
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:07

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