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

McLaughlin, Juliana M. & Whatman, Susan L. (2008) Embedding university perspectives in university teaching and learning : lessons learnt and possibilities for reforming/decolonising curriculum. In Heber, Robert Wesley (Ed.) Indigenous education : Asia/Pacific. Indigenous Studies Research Centre, First Nations University of Canada, Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan , pp. 123-146.

Abstract

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 workshops. The paper concludes by critically interrogating the methodology used to conceptualise Indigenous knowledge in embedding Indigenous perspectives 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: 27213
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Book chapter initially presented at the 4th International Forum on Indigenous Education in the Asia/Pacific, Vancouver, July 2007.
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Keywords: Indigenous perspectives, curriculum, teacher education, university, HERN
ISBN: 9781427628954
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
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) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Indigenous Studies Research Centre, First Nations University of Canada
Copyright Statement: Available under License Creative Commons Attribution - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
Deposited On: 04 Sep 2009 08:56
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 14:53

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