Indigenous epistemology : creating an international Indigenous higher education space in the wake of the western “university of excellence”

Robertson, Boni, Anning, Berice, Arbon, Veronica, & Thomas, Gary (2012) Indigenous epistemology : creating an international Indigenous higher education space in the wake of the western “university of excellence”. World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium Journal, 2012, pp. 4-12.

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Interest in the participation of Indigenous peoples in higher education has, in recent times, gained momentum with an increasing number of advocates challenging the global history of culturally inept policies and practices imposed within the western higher education system. To address the challenges being presented by Indigenous communities and other groups (often relegated under the banner of disadvantaged or equity) Western Universities are promoting a shift toward inclusive policies and practices. Frustrated with the offerings of the Western Higher Education system, a global movement of Indigenous academics, Elders and knowledge holders are developing strategies to meet the educational needs of their own communities, in order to find a way forward. The mobilization of Elders and Indigenous academics has resulted in the development of a global higher education network which is proving to be a significant force in changing the position of Indigenous participation in higher education. The World Indigenous Network Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) has presented a significant challenge to those barriers within the western higher education system that has historically demonstrated an inability to develop culturally inclusive practices within their institutions. This paper examines the development of a world Indigenous higher education movement and its contribution to the history of the “university” within the context of western higher education institutions. Outlined in this examination will be a synopsis of the development of the “University of Excellence” and the creation of an international Indigenous space within higher education.

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ID Code: 74566
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Indigenous Participation, Indigenous Knowledges, Universities, Higher Education, HERN
ISSN: 1177-1364
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
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 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2014 22:43
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2015 01:59

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