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

Warren, Elizabeth, Cooper, Tom, & Baturo, Annette R. (2009) Bridging the educational gap : Indigenous and non-Indigenous beliefs, attitudes and practices in a remote Australian school. In Zajda, Joseph & Freeman, Kassie (Eds.) Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Education : Cross-Cultural Understandings. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 213-226.

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Abstract

Indigenous education remains of grave concern within Australian society. Educational systems are currently making limited educational impact in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In particular, Indigenous students' beliefs about the relevance of education, attitudes towards school, behaviour in school and attendance at school are affecting their education. This case study chapter presents the findings from a three-year longitudinal study of one rural and remote Australian school. The study was designed to determine the nature of the teaching/learning process, especially bridging the mathematics learning gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. The chapter reports on the success of this professional learning project. The project used mathematics as the vehicle to improve Indigenous students' learning outcomes by enhancing their beliefs, attitudes and practices. The chapter reviews the literature relevant to the relationship between beliefs, attitudes, practices and performance, outlines the project generally and, for the particular school, describes findings with regard to beliefs and attitudes, and discusses the implications for future intervention projects.

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ID Code: 20418
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: External Ref No. (Project Code): LP0562352.
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Keywords: Indigenous education, remote schooling, student beliefs, student attitudes, mathematics education
ISBN: 9781402097386
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright Springer 2009
Deposited On: 13 May 2009 08:13
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:09

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