How I became the first Aboriginal person in Australia to lead a national education organisation

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. & , (2011) How I became the first Aboriginal person in Australia to lead a national education organisation. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 14(1), pp. 67-78.

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In this paper, Bronwyn Fredericks reflects on how, in 1997, she became the National President of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations Inc. (CAPA). The paper describes the election process faced by Fredericks, and identifies some of her key achievements during her time as National President. In becoming the National President, Bronwyn became the first Aboriginal person in Australia to lead a national education organisation. The story within this paper is told from the author’s autobiographical memory, drawing on the cultural, social and political context in which the story and the author were (and are) situated (Wojecki 2007). In this way the story teller reveals story lines which have not previously been articulated (Wojecki 2007). Throughout this paper, Fredericks ‘re-stories’ her experiences of leadership.

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ID Code: 38490
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This paper is dedicated to Pamela Croft, Doug Morgan, Judy Mundine (formerly Ah Wong), Sharon Meagher (formerly Cruse) and Stacey Miller. I could not have made the journey without them.
Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Postgraduate, Student, Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations Inc., CAPA Inc., 1997, National President, Elections, Union, Education
ISSN: 1440-5202
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies, Monash University
Deposited On: 03 May 2011 22:09
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 19:18

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