Indigenous knowledges : informing and supporting Indigenous students during their first year at university

Syron, Melanie & McLaughlin, Juliana M. (2010) Indigenous knowledges : informing and supporting Indigenous students during their first year at university. In Proceedings of the 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2010, QUT Publications, Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 1-11.

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This paper critically examines dominant discourses informing First Year Experience programs delivered for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participating in higher education. We interrogate traditional ‘deficit models’ through the recognition and acknowledgement of Indigenous knowledge at the cultural interface, the arena in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students encounter university for the first time.

In this paper, we demonstrate how the First Year Experience programs for Indigenous students, developed and delivered by the Oodgeroo Unit, are conceptualised by Indigenous knowledges. By recognising Indigenous knowledges and experiences, and valuing these within the Western academy, we provide an alternative to these dominant mainstream discourses and perspectives for Indigenous students navigating their way through university. We argue that Indigenous standpoints provide tools through which Indigenous students can negotiate the cultural interface that exists within the university environment.

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ID Code: 42353
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigenous student support, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous students in Australian Universities, first year experience, HERN
ISBN: 978-1-74107-282-2
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 the authors.
Deposited On: 04 Jul 2011 06:26
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 12:56

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