Are the sciences indigenisable? Of course they are!

Hagan, Rhonda and Huijser, Hendrik (2008) Are the sciences indigenisable? Of course they are! In: 2nd Annual Psychology and Indigenous Australians: Teaching, Practice and Theory Conference, 14-15 July 2008, Adelaide, Australia.

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[Abstract]: When embarking on an Indigenising the curriculum project across all faculties, a number of barriers need to be overcome. Some of these are systemic in that such a project is often seen as desirable by university hierarchies, but is rarely backed up by adequate resources to make a serious impact. In other words, mere lip service tends to be paid to Indigenising the curriculum, which manifests itself in the employment of a single Indigenous academic, often on a contract basis, to take on this enormous task. The second barrier is more subtle, and relates to a strong perception that such a project lends itself more to some faculties and disciplines than others. This perception is based on deeply ingrained stereotypes about what constitutes 'Indigenous issues'. Within such perceptions, Arts is seen as 'naturally' more open to Indigenising its curriculum, because of the 'cultural component', while it is often seen as irrelevant to for example the sciences. This paper will address both these barriers and discuss how they are interlinked and reinforce each other, while arguing that Indigenising the curriculum requires a systemic and ongoing commitment to be truly effective.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Version of record supplied by and deposited with the permission of the Conference Editor.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Kumbari/Ngurpai Lag Higher Education Centre
Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 05:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenising the curriculum, cultural barriers, institutional change
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development

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