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Finding space and place: using narrative and imagery to support successful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in enabling programs

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Andersen, C and Edwards, A and Wolfe, B, Finding space and place: using narrative and imagery to support successful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in enabling programs, Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 46, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1326-0111 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1017/jie.2016.11

Abstract

‘Riawunna’ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘a place of learning’ for Aboriginal people, from entry level to tertiary studies, at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and operates on Hobart, Launceston and Burnie campuses. The Riawunna Centre was established to encourage Aboriginal people to aspire to higher levels of education, and to support them to be successful in their chosen course of study. One strategy developed to support the participation, retention and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is the Murina program. During the four year period between 2010 and 2013 every student at UTAS who graduated from the Murina program and chosen to enrol in undergraduate studies has been successful in completing their courses. One of the tools used to achieve this result is the strong use of narrative and images in our teaching. This whole-person approach to teaching resonates culturally with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but is also applicable to any student of any culture, especially those who come to university tentatively and with low expectations of what they can achieve.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aboriginal education, enabling, pathways, support
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Author:Andersen, C (Associate Professor Clair Andersen)
Author:Edwards, A (Ms Ann Edwards)
Author:Wolfe, B (Mrs Brigitte Wolfe)
ID Code:110527
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2016-08-01
Last Modified:2017-09-18
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