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'Where do we start….?': An indigenisation strategy for the university

journal contribution
posted on 2018-08-29, 00:00 authored by Ryan Al-NatourRyan Al-Natour, Bronwyn FredericksBronwyn Fredericks
Many Australian universities seek to “embed Indigenous perspectives” and “incorporate Indigenous knowledges” throughout their programs. These strategies may be linked to university-wide initiatives such as reconciliation plans or equity agendas, or to efforts by individual staff or schools. This paper reports on a project to Indigenise the curriculum at Central Queensland University (CQUniversity), facilitated by the Office of Indigenous Engagement. The authors discuss definitions of Indigenisation within the post-colonial setting where Indigenous epistemologies have traditionally been marginalised. They describe “yarning” as an important strategy for kick-starting Indigenisation, and discuss its application at CQUniversity. The authors then present an emerging conceptual model for CQUniversity’s approach to Indigenisation. They argue that Indigenising approaches need to challenge existing teaching practices, be guided by Indigenisation objectives, and be widely supported by university staff. They place Indigenisation within the larger context of addressing Indigenous disadvantage and normalising Indigenous ways of knowing, learning and teaching.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

19

Issue

1-2

Start Page

193

End Page

209

Number of Pages

17

ISSN

1440-5202

Publisher

Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues