Two worlds apart: Indigenous community perspectives and Non-Indigenous teacher perspectives on Australian schools

Phillips, Jay & Luke, Allan (2016) Two worlds apart: Indigenous community perspectives and Non-Indigenous teacher perspectives on Australian schools. In Pink, William & Noblit, George (Eds.) International Handbook of Urban Education [Second Edition]. Springer, New York & London. (In Press)

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Abstract

Our evaluation studies of Indigenous school reform begin from a different starting point: listening to, hearing and engaging with the commentaries, voices, narratives and analyses of Indigenous community as they discuss and recount their experiences and current encounters with Australian state schools. Here we undertake a contrastive documentation of the views of Indigenous community members, Elders, parents, education workers, and young people and, indeed, of the views of their non-Indigenous teachers and school principals. This is a dramatic picture of two distinctive cultural lifeworlds, communities and worldviews in contact, of two very different ‘constructions’ by participants of a shared, mutual experience: everyday interaction in the social field of the Australian school. Taken together, our Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants repeatedly confirmed and corroborated a key theme: that Indigenous peoples continue to be viewed and ‘treated’ through the lens and language of cultural, intellectual and moral ‘deficit’.

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ID Code: 94774
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Indigenous, Community Engagement
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
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 > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2016 22:42
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2016 00:12

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