Bias and assumptions in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan

Hogarth, Melitta (2015) Bias and assumptions in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan. In: NIRAKN & NATSIHEC International Indigenous Research Conference 2015, 29-30 Sept 2015, Adelaide, South Australia.

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Abstract

This presentation 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 presentation is derived from a larger project where the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan (MCEECDYA, 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: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 02:06
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2018 01:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous education, policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33071

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