Keeping up with Princess Diana in the late 90s: A story of denied literacy in remote Central Australian Indigenous communities

Bat, Melodie (2007) Keeping up with Princess Diana in the late 90s: A story of denied literacy in remote Central Australian Indigenous communities. Literacy and Numeracy Studies, 15 (16). pp. 39-55. ISSN 1035-4727 or 1441-0559

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Abstract

This paper has a purpose and that purpose is to tell a story. An important story. A story that will sadden you and perhaps give rise to dismay. But it's not a story about a princess. This story takes place, not in the glitz and glamour of Europe with fast cars, great shopping and an avid
and enthusiastic paparazzi, but rather in the desert of Central Australia where you need a good four-wheel drive to get home on the dusty roads, where shopping is limited to the basics at the local store, but where people are still avidly following the life and times ofthe 'Princess of our hearts'.

This paper will tell this story and for many reading this, the story will be enough, for much of what I will say is self-evident, so much so that it seems almost ludicrous to have to analyse the impact of the events I will
describe. However, in the interests of academic analysis and to further understand and appreciate the impact of these events, I will firstly frame the context of emergent literacy, give the background to the story and detail the
findings of some research which I undertook within this community. Finally, I present the broader implications of these findings and make some recommendations.

Item Type: Article
Field of Research: 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 02:16
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 02:49
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/272

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