When Tensions Lead to Change: Meeting the Training Needs of Indigenous Learners and Communities

Choy, Sarojni C. & Woodlock, Julie (2006) When Tensions Lead to Change: Meeting the Training Needs of Indigenous Learners and Communities. In Contesting Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Studies Conference, 28-30 June 2006, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Indigenous Standpoint Theory (IST) pertains to the integration of Indigenous knowledge into programs involving Indigenous people. Integration of Indigenous knowledge is not unusual. The benefits have long been experienced in biodiversity and conservation (Hellier, Newton & Gaona, 1999), agroforestry (Walker, Sinclair and Thapa, 1995) and climate change, agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, and water resources (Srinivasan, 2004). Introduction of an Indigenous Standpoint Theory presents the opportunity to explore options to enhance Vocational Education and Training (VET) for indigenous people. Currently, integration of Indigenous knowledge in the VET curriculum is limited. This paper outlines a case study on the experiences and challenges of a non-Indigenous Technical and Further Education (TAFE) teacher who has been working with Indigenous learners and communities in regional Queensland for over eight years. Her challenges have caused tensions and influenced the design and development of relatively innovative approaches in service delivery for Indigenous learners and communities she was engaged with. The paper analyses her revised approaches and strategies for improved training and learning services for Indigenous people against a set of critical factors identified by Miller (2005), and highlights issues and challenges in integrating IST.

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ID Code: 7023
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 University of Queensland
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 18 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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