Aboriginal Studies In Higher Education In the 21st Century: a framework for learning; teaching; leadership and change

2014 OLT National Teaching Fellow

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Associate Professor Karen Martin

Fellowship years: 2014 - 2016 (year due to complete)

Abstract: The participation and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in higher education needs to increase through the provision of inclusive curriculum, and Aboriginal cultures and histories in the courses and subjects of higher education institutions. This is frequently referred to as ‘Indigenising’ higher education courses. Its significance has featured in policy since 1989 with the introduction of the National Aboriginal Education Policy (Department of Employment, Education and Training) and it remains a significant goal for Australian institutions. This fellowship aims to increase participation outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by extending existing work at Griffith University to take a whole-of-university approach to leadership and partnerships regarding Aboriginal curriculum development. It will explore the role of Aboriginal studies in higher education in the 21st century including its role in relation to Aboriginal student access, participation and outcomes. Through the fellowship activities, the structures, processes, content and contexts of Aboriginal studies in higher education will inform an Aboriginal studies framework and a handbook of guiding principles for policy and leadership as well as practice guides for curriculum and leadership and exemplars.

Fellowship discipline: Indigenous Teaching and Learning