Critical approaches to inclusion in indigenous teacher education in Queensland: the case of RATEP

Bethel, Bronwyn (2006) Critical approaches to inclusion in indigenous teacher education in Queensland: the case of RATEP. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 2 (3). pp. 30-41. ISSN 1833-4105

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[Abstract]: Inclusion is a key consideration in Learning Futures. It is a process of addressing a diversity of needs of all learners regardless of individual background. It can be achieved through increasing participation in learning across cultures and communities and thereby reducing the accounts of exclusion within and from education.

This paper examines critical approaches to inclusion in Indigenous teacher education in Queensland, Australia. The benefits of culturally aware Indigenous teachers in school classrooms are explored as a means of addressing historically poor outcomes for Indigenous learners and overcoming the legacy of hostility towards schools as tools of white oppression. The empowerment of Indigenous teachers through critical approaches that challenge the status quo cultivates the development of diverse and inclusive teaching skills that are reflected through the employment of inclusive pedagogies. These inclusive pedagogies promote self-determination, which is central to the ultimate achievement of social justice and autonomy.

The ultimate aim is to promote culturally sensitive inclusion of Indigenous learners into formal education. Critical theory helps challenge the status quo of Indigenous education and thereby provides a 'place' for alternative thinking and outcomes for the future.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As this is an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 04:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning futures; indigenous teacher education; RATEP; distance education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development

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