Inclusive, colour-blind, and deficit: Understanding teachers' contradictory views of Aboriginal students’ participation in education

Weuffen, Sara and Maxwell, Jacinta ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0296-0027 and Lowe, Kevin (2022) Inclusive, colour-blind, and deficit: Understanding teachers' contradictory views of Aboriginal students’ participation in education. The Australian Educational Researcher. pp. 1-22. ISSN 0311-6999

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Abstract

This paper contributes evidence-based scholarship to how teachers understand the value of Aboriginal student-focussed programmes and how discourses of Indigeneity appear to influence those views. Interviews with n = 22 teachers across n = 3 secondary school sites in New South Wales highlighted teachers’ understanding of Aboriginal programmes as primarily contributing to students’ behavioural and academic improvement. The interviewed teachers spoke positively about Aboriginal students’ current academic achievements and prospects for their bright futures as graduates, albeit from within deficit and colour-blind discourses. Utilising Moodie’s Decolonising Race Theory framework, teachers’ juxtaposing beliefs resonate with existing decolonising education research which indicates a performativity of cultural inclusion through adherence to settler-colonial practices, while at the same time, an intellectual desire to move away from the legacy of Australia’s contentious colonial past.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2022 00:22
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2022 00:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aboriginal education; Aboriginal programmes; Australian schooling; Decolonising race theory; Indigeneity; Indigenous methodologies
Fields of Research (2020): 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4502 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education > 450209 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary education
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160201 Equity and access to education
21 INDIGENOUS > 2102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education > 210299 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-022-00517-4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47850

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