Cultural impacts upon the learning processes of indigenous students in adult bridging courses

Behjat, Nura (2006) Cultural impacts upon the learning processes of indigenous students in adult bridging courses. New Horizons in Education (114). pp. 4-19. ISSN 0028-5382


The impact of cultural factors on Indigenous Australian students' learning has been the subject of debate by various educators in recent years. However, this paper analyses reflectively the experiences of a non-indigenous teacher working in an Indigenous educational environment. The paper focuses on personal observations based on a teacher's day-to-day struggle to learn how to assist Indigenous students to access knowledge and skills that they need in order to succeed in tertiary education. This small-scale exploratory research suggests that although culture has a significant impact on Indigenous children's learning, it does not exert the same effect on Indigenous adults' learning in the area of mathematics.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. World Education Fellowship (Australia).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2011 07:33
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous students; teacher student interaction; cultural differences; universities
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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