Whose culture? The colonising school and the miseducation of indigenous children: Implications for schooling in Australia

Hickling-Hudson, Anne R. & Ahlquist, Roberta (2003) Whose culture? The colonising school and the miseducation of indigenous children: Implications for schooling in Australia. Journal of Postcolonial Education, 2(2), pp. 15-35.


This paper explores the problematic legacy of deculturalisation in the education of Indigenous primary school students in Australia. The authors observed the curriculum provided at a government school for Indigenous children in a rural community. They discuss how a model of white supremacist schooling operates as an agent of assimilation, and becomes pivotal to the attempt to eradicate Indigenous cultures. In exploring challenges and dilemmas for teacher educators and education policy makers arising out of these issues, the paper continues the postcolonial debate about forging creative approaches to cross-cultural and anti-racist education for Indigenous children in their community contexts.

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ID Code: 3464
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Indigenous children, state schools, miseducation, deculturalisation, assimilation, communities, resistance, teaching dilemmas, anti, racist education, intercultural education, postcolonial analysis
ISSN: 1443-1483
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2012 11:32

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