The potential of critical race theory in decolonising university curricula
This paper critiques our experiences as non-Indigenous Australian educators of working with numerous embedding Indigenous perspectives curricular projects at an Australian university. Reporting on these project outcomes alone, while useful in identifying limitations, does not illustrate ways in which future embedding and decolonising projects can persist and evolve. Deeper analysis is required of the ways in which Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are perceived, and what ‘embedding’ IK in university curricula truly means to various educational stakeholders.
To achieve a deeper analysis and propose ways to invigorate the continuing decolonisation of Australian university curricula, this paper critically interrogates the methodology and conceptualisation of Indigenous knowledge in embedding Indigenous perspectives (EIP) in the university curriculum using tenets of critical race theory. Accordingly, we conduct this analysis from the standpoint that EIP should not subscribe to the luxury of independence of scholarship from politics and activism. The learning objective is to create a space to legitimise politics in the intellectual / academic realm (Dei, 2008, p. 10). We conclude by arguing that critical race theory’s emancipatory, future and action-oriented goals for curricula (Dei, 2008) would enhance effective and sustainable embedding initiatives, and ultimately, preventing such initiatives from returning to the status quo (McLaughlin & Whatman, 2008).
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||decolonising university curricula, critical race theory, Indigenous Australian education , Indigenous knowlege, Indigenous perspectives|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis|
|Copyright Statement:||This is an electronic version of an article published in [Asia Pacific Journal of Education (in press)]. [Asia Pacific Journal of Education] is available online at informaworldTM|
|Deposited On:||04 Jul 2011 12:57|
|Last Modified:||01 Aug 2012 11:32|
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