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More important than education: Using telecommunications to connect Indigenous students with their home community

Lloyd, Margaret M. (2003) More important than education: Using telecommunications to connect Indigenous students with their home community. Social Alternatives, 22(3), pp. 32-36.

Abstract

We often hear claims of telecommunications being able to change our lives by bringing us closer together, of giving us a human as well as a technical connection to others and of creating dynamic communities of people online. In 2001, an innovative telecommunications project entitled Reach In – Reach Out was established to achieve this claim for a group of Indigenous students from the remote settlement of Lockhart River, forced to leave their home community to continue their education. The secondary school was closed in 1999 after a community decision to do so, and 2000, the first year of the alternate program (that is, with all post-primary students having to attend boarding schools in major towns and centres) was marked by high dropout rates and student truancy. There was widespread disquiet as disoriented and poorly prepared students, locally referred to as the "away-students" tried to cope with life outside of Lockhart River. Reach In - Reach Out emerged as a response to ameliorate the students' sense of unhappiness and isolation. The project, through the embedded activities described in this paper, is seemingly meeting its goals and beginning to make a difference in the experience of schooling for some of the children of Lockhart River.

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ID Code: 8084
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Indigenous, telecommunications, ICT
ISSN: 0115-0306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 University of Queensland
Copyright Statement: : Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher : This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:00

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