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Indigenous education: experiential learning and learning through country

Fogarty, William; Schwab, Robert

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In Indigenous policy circles there is an increasingly desperate desire to lift the educational and employment outcomes of remote Indigenous students, relative to their non-Indigenous peers in the rest of Australia. A lack of engagement with education and a scarcity of jobs underpin this policy anxiety. This paper queries some current policy approaches to these issues and seeks to provide a practical and grounded perspective to education programs in remote Indigenous Australia. We question and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFogarty, William
dc.contributor.authorSchwab, Robert
dc.contributor.otherAustralian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-12T01:01:43Z
dc.date.available2013-02-12T01:01:43Z
dc.date.created2012
dc.identifier.citationFogarty, W. & Schwab, R. G. (2012). Indigenous education: experiential learning and learning through country. CAEPR Working Paper, 80/2012. Canberra, ACT: ANU, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
dc.identifier.isbn0-7315-4979-1
dc.identifier.issn1442 3871
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/9720
dc.description.abstractIn Indigenous policy circles there is an increasingly desperate desire to lift the educational and employment outcomes of remote Indigenous students, relative to their non-Indigenous peers in the rest of Australia. A lack of engagement with education and a scarcity of jobs underpin this policy anxiety. This paper queries some current policy approaches to these issues and seeks to provide a practical and grounded perspective to education programs in remote Indigenous Australia. We question and challenge the weight current policy agendas are ascribing to literacy and numeracy attainment through direct and classroom based instruction. Alternatively, we seek to reinvigorate the notion that quality education can comprise other modes of learning and include community based educational approaches. As an example we outline the importance of Indigenous land and sea management (ILSM) as a development and employment activity for Indigenous people living in remote regions of Australia, and show how remote education programs are connecting to ILSM to provide local ‘Learning through Country’ solutions. From research conducted in a diversity of remote Aboriginal education and employment contexts, we find that there is a commonality of issues confronting attempts to link education with work and development activity. We finish by giving voice to some of these issues and offer insights relevant for educators and policy makers.
dc.format.extent24 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT : Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University); No. 80/2012
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subjectIndigenous education policy
dc.subjectremote communities
dc.subjectland and sea management
dc.subjectemployment
dc.subjectIndigenous development
dc.subjectliteracy and numeracy
dc.subjecthigh stakes testing
dc.subjecteducation outcomes
dc.subjectdirect instruction
dc.subjectexperiential learning
dc.titleIndigenous education: experiential learning and learning through country
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.publisher.urlhttp://caepr.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationFogarty, William, ANU, National Centre for Indigenous Studies
local.contributor.affiliationSchwab, Robert G., Australian National University, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Research School of Social Sciences, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission to deposit in Open Research received from CAEPR (ERMS2230079)
CollectionsANU National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS)
ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

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