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Torres Strait Islander music and dance in informal and formal educational contexts in Australia

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Lynette CostiganLynette Costigan, Karl NeuenfeldtKarl Neuenfeldt
Torres Strait Islanders constitute a minority within an Indigenous minority in Australia. Less research has been conducted on Torres Strait Islander education compared to Aboriginal education. Cultural practices such as music and dance are a means to express Islander identity and to articulate Islander concerns within wider society. However, culture and its place in the curriculum is problematic. While culture and cultural identity are important to many Islanders, other issues that impact on educational outcomes must also be addressed if there are to be real and effective changes. Nevertheless, music and dance can be important to Islanders living on the mainland as well as in the Torres Strait. Music and dance are means for Islanders to retain a connectedness to their homeland and to celebrate their cultural identity.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

19

Issue

1

Start Page

46

End Page

55

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

1834-5530

Location

Crawley, WA

Publisher

Callaway International

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Research Studies in Music Education.

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