Decolonising curricula in an Australian university : re-imagining curriculum through critical race theory

McLaughlin, Juliana M. & Whatman, Susan L. (2010) Decolonising curricula in an Australian university : re-imagining curriculum through critical race theory. In World Congress in Comparative Education Conference, 14-18 June 2010, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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The recognition of Indigenous knowledge in western academic institutions challenges colonial discourses which have informed and shaped knowledge about Indigenous peoples, cultures and histories. Deeper analysis is required of the ways in which Indigenous knowledge and perspectives are perceived, and the processes through which university curricula can accommodate Indigenous knowledge in teaching and learning.

To achieve this deeper analysis, and 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) projects in the university curriculum by drawing from tenets of critical race theory and the cultural interface (Nakata, 2007).

Accordingly, we conduct this analysis from the standpoint that Indigenous knowledge in university curricula 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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ID Code: 42551
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Keywords: critical race theory, decolonising university curricula, HERN, Indigenous knowledge in teaching and learning, embedding Indigenous perspectives
Subjects: 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 2010 The Authors
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:39
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2015 05:30

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