Systemic racism: the hidden barrier to educational success for Indigenous school students

de Plevitz, Loretta R. (2007) Systemic racism: the hidden barrier to educational success for Indigenous school students. Australian Journal of Education, 51(1), pp. 54-71.

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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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ID Code: 26126
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigenous or Aboriginal, Educational Policy, Racial Discrimination, Access to Education, School Students
ISSN: 0004-9441
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law (180101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2009 21:43
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:30

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