The power of words: bias and assumptions in the aboriginal and Torres Strait islander education action plan

Hogarth, Melitta (2017) The power of words: bias and assumptions in the aboriginal and Torres Strait islander education action plan. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 46 (1). pp. 44-53. ISSN 1326-0111

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Abstract

This paper argues that “genuine” engagement and consultation is required where Indigenous voice is included within the policy development process for “true” progress to be achieved. With the ever increasing engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the decision making processes of Indigenous education, it is anticipated that there will be provision of opportunities for better outcomes and a greater acceptance of the policy within community (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2014). This paper is derived from a larger project where the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan (Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs, 2011) was critically analysed using Fairclough’s (2001) Critical Discourse Analysis framework and Rigney’s (1999) Indigenist Research Principles. Within this study, the underlying assumptions and bias identified within the policy and how it positions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were articulated. The major findings that emerged from the data included a) the homogenous grouping of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, b) the maintenance of the prevalent dominant ideology within policy, and finally c) the expectation by the power elite of increased engagement and connections by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples without consideration of the detrimental effects of past policies and reforms.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 06:47
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 00:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous education, Indigenous education policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan, Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous Critical Discourse Analysis
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/jie.2016.29
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33069

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