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Reflecting on the ‘Dream Circle’ : urban Indigenous education processes designed for student and community empowerment

Davis-Warra, John, Dooley, Karen T., & Exley, Beryl E. (2011) Reflecting on the ‘Dream Circle’ : urban Indigenous education processes designed for student and community empowerment. QTU Professional Magazine, 26, pp. 19-21.

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Abstract

The ‘Dream Circle’ is a space designed by and operated through Indigenous educator footprints as a safe space for the school’s deadly jarjums (Indigenous children). The ‘Dream Circle’ uses a kinnected methodology drawing on the rich vein of Murri cultural knowledges and Torres Strait Islander supports within the local community to provide a safe and supportive circle. The ‘Dream Circle’ operates on a school site in the Logan area as an after school homework and cultural studies class. The ‘Dream Circle’ embodies practices and ritualises processes which ensure cultural safety and integrity. In this way the ‘Dream Circle’ balances the measures that Sarra (2005) purports are the stronger, smarter realities needed for positive change in Indigenous education.

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ID Code: 48447
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Indigenous education, Dream Circle, Cultural safety, Durithunga yarning
ISSN: 1328-9780
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (130301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 (please consult the author).
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2012 14:57
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2012 05:02

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