Partnerships, pathways and policies: Improving Indigenous education outcomes

Herbert, Jeannie (2007) Partnerships, pathways and policies: Improving Indigenous education outcomes. Ngoonjook: a Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues (31). pp. 45-57. ISSN 1039-8236

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Keynote Address at IHEAC Conference, Perth, September 2006.
Against the stark background of current media coverage of the realities of life in many Indigenous communities, this paper considers the current state of Indigenous education and raises questions about what the future holds for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students across all sectors of education.
In this paper, critical elements of what makes education and training work for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students, will be discussed and the presenter will highlight what educational institutions and educators need
to acknowledge and accept if the contemporary focus on the three p’s— partnerships, pathways and policies—is to provide real hope or simply create illusions around Indigenous educational achievement in this country.

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Additional Information: Dr Jeannie Herbert is the Vice Chancellor of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, having taken up the role in February 2006. Since graduating as a primary school teacher in 1962, Dr Herbert has worked in all levels of education, from pre-school to university, in both Indigenous and mainstream education in Australia and overseas, became increasingly focused on education for Indigenous Australians. Prior to taking up this position Dr Herbert was Head of the School of Indigenous Australian Studies and Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies, at James Cook University in north Queensland. Dr Herbert’s career also includes a strong research focus over the last decade. In recognition of her research in Indigenous education, Dr Herbert was awarded the prestigious Betty Watts Award by the AARE in 2005.
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in education
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009 12:16
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:32

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