The Complexities of Aboriginal Self-Determination in the School Sector.
||01 April 2020
||2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
||Online via Zoom
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Australian school systems continue to disadvantage Aboriginal students. Persistent deficit discourses and policies overlook the possibility of Aboriginal self-determined education that seeks solutions through community driven and context specific reform. This study will provide insight into the opportunities and complexities of self-determination in a very remote school by documenting the experiences of the Aboriginal staff working on curriculum initiatives, and analysing the challenges and outcomes of their curriculum work. An interpretivist, qualitative study that applies Participant Action Research methodology is proposed to support this research project and the Aboriginal self-determination paradigm that frames it. Rich data will be collected through facilitated discussions, informal interviews and observations; and then analysed for themes and connections to existing theory.