Indigenous education and literacy policy in Australia: bringing learning back to the debate

Fogarty, William and Riddle, Stewart and Lovell, Melissa and Wilson, Ben (2017) Indigenous education and literacy policy in Australia: bringing learning back to the debate. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 47 (2). pp. 185-197. ISSN 1326-0111

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In a policy landscape dominated by forces that seek to continually reshape education according to market
logics, there are particular impacts on the seemingly intractable crisis of Indigenous education policy making.
Entrenched discourses of deficit result in education policy continually being ‘done to’ communities, with little
heed paid to the effects of such efforts on the learning opportunities available to young Indigenous learners,
particularly those living in remote communities. This paper examines the contemporary network of policy
levers that come to shape how literacy policy is framed for Indigenous Australians through narratives of failure
and crisis. In doing so, we ask what learning is made (im)possible and what are some of the ‘flattening’ effects
on literacy curriculum and pedagogy as a result? Further, this paper seeks to open up the conversation around
what learning is possible when the policy landscape is unflattened, when policy is ‘done with’ communities,
and when pedagogical practices are opened up, rather than closed down.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 06:11
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 02:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy, Indigenous education, direct instruction, education policy
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/jie.2017.18

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