Translating Indigenous Reciprocity into University-Led Arts practice and Assessment

O'Sullivan, Sandy (2016) Translating Indigenous Reciprocity into University-Led Arts practice and Assessment. In: Engaging First peoples in Arts-Based Service Learning: Towards Respectful and Mutually Beneficial Educational Practices. Springer International Publishing, pp. 15-29. ISBN 978-3-319-22152-6 (Print) 978-3-319-22153-3 (Online)

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Reciprocity as a measure of exchange and service has deep resonances for many Indigenous communities. For universities that aim to encourage student-learning processes and foster relationships with communities, Indigenous-led measures of reciprocity have been engaging and useful. For communities where student placements and activities provide skills support across areas of need to the community, it can be a tool to manage and foster the relationship. While this is often directed by industry standards and protocols, particularly across the areas of health and education, in the broad creative arts the boundaries are blurred between learner, artist, community-member, expert practitioner and service provider.

This chapter challenges a framing of community solely as recipient and university as informed provider of services, by highlighting where reciprocity can assist in developing meaningful and enduring relationships not just between the institutions, but also for individuals engaged in the process. Translating this reciprocity into a form that universities can understand in the context of learning and assessment is then the goal of all participants and the beginning rather than a capstone end to a learning journey.

Item Type: Book Section
Field of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
Research Collaboration Area: Creative Arts
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 03:15
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 02:28

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