Knowing and teaching the indigenous other: teachers’ engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures
Luke, Allan, Shield, Paul G., Theroux, Pamela, Tones, Megan, & Villegas, Malia (2012) Knowing and teaching the indigenous other: teachers’ engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. [Working Paper] (Submitted (not yet accepted for publication))
This is the first empirical study of teacher knowledge and classroom practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. It describes the construction of a survey instrument to measure non-Indigenous Australian teachers’ knowledge of Indigenous culture and place, frequency of everyday intercultural exchanges, and attempts to integrate Indigenous knowledge into classroom practice. Many teachers reported low levels of knowledge of Indigenous cultures, and limited encounters outside of school. While the cohort expressed dissatisfaction with pre-service training, exposure to pre- and in-service courses in Indigenous education correlated with higher levels of cultural knowledge and cultural engagement. Teachers with higher levels of cultural engagement were more likely to attempt to integrate Indigenous knowledges in curriculum and pedagogy.
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