Building the future for remote Indigenous students in Australia. An examination of future goals, motivation, learning and achievement in cultural context.

McInerney, Dennis, Fasoli, Lyn, Stephenson, Peter and Herbert, Jeannie (2012) Building the future for remote Indigenous students in Australia. An examination of future goals, motivation, learning and achievement in cultural context. In: Handbook on Psychology of Motivation: New Research. Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 63-86. ISBN 9781621007555

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Abstract

Education is the corner stone of social justice because it is the basis of opportunity (Burney, 2003), but education as currently provided is failing Indigenous students in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. Ramsey (2003) estimated that 20 per cent of NT Indigenous students did not attend school, and, although those who were enrolled comprised 32 per cent of the NT secondary cohort, the number who achieved a Northern Territory Certificate of Education in 2000 amounted to only 6 per cent of the total school cohort. In 2009, ‘educational outcomes in the bush remain abysmal’ (Rothwell, 2009). Over half of the NT’s Indigenous students leave school without completing secondary education. Many of them are, therefore, condemned to a life in which their potential is unrealised, and the fortunes of their families severely circumscribed. Little is known of what motivates or should motivate these young people to achieve successful school outcomes. This chapter reports on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project, ‘Building the future for Indigenous students’, which asked 733 remote and very remote students what their hopes and dreams for the future were, what motivated them at school, and how they studied. Statistical analyses are used to establish the construct validity and reliability of psychological scales and to examine similarities and differences between very remote and remote indigenous students, and a comparator group of 300 non-Indigenous students. The findings provide critical hard data on the Indigenous students’ future visions and aspirations, motivation, and approaches to study.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Indigenous Australian Secondary education Remote Motivation Learning Achievement Goals
Field of Research: 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 03:52
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2015 03:37
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/293

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