Reconstructing the deficit discourse in a multi-remote school in Far North Queensland

Austin, Jon and Jenkins, Amelia (2017) Reconstructing the deficit discourse in a multi-remote school in Far North Queensland. In: Forgotten places: critical studies in rural education. Counterpoints: Studies in Criticality (494). Peter Lang, New York, United States, pp. 305-322. ISBN 978-1-4331-3070-0

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This chapter looks to explore the effect of being both physically and culturally remote in broadly social but more specifically educational terms, and to describe aspects of a more critical approach to the formal schooling of Indigenous Australian students. Illuminating ways in which Indigenous Australian people have essentially been discursively positioned as uneducable through the operation of a discourse of deficit with its current reliance on the use of standardized testing results, a (neo-)colonial strategy common to Indigenous peoples worldwide, the chapter then moves on to feature an example of alternative practices in the education of culturally remote students in a far North Queensland State [public] school. The physical remoteness of this particular school brings with it a number of advantages and opportunities for affecting a critical indigenous education, one that seeks to secure understanding, respect, and acceptance of the ways of the Other.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Peter Lang.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 00:19
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 03:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; deficit discourse; Indigenous education; standardized testing (NAPLAN); remoteness; engagement; culturally-appropriate pedagogies; multilogicality
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3726/b11118

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