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The importance of Aboriginal Education Workers for decolonising and promoting culture in primary schools: an analysis of the longitudinal study of Indigenous children (LSIC)

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Peacock, HT and Prehn, J, The importance of Aboriginal Education Workers for decolonising and promoting culture in primary schools: an analysis of the longitudinal study of Indigenous children (LSIC), Australian Journal of Indigenous Education pp. 1-7. ISSN 1326-0111 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1017/jie.2019.13

Abstract

Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs) are utilised by primary and secondary schools to improve components of success for Aboriginal students, liaise with their families and the Aboriginal community and contribute to developing and promoting an Aboriginal pedagogy. Despite the challenging role of decolonising the school environment, the important work undertaken by AEWs can be misunderstood and underappreciated by the Western school system. This paper aims to measure the influence of AEWs on Aboriginal culture within schools using quantitative data from Wave 7 K Cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC). Results show that there is a positive impact on Aboriginal culture within schools through having an AEW present all or some of the time. For Aboriginal children to grow up strong, employment of an AEW is important to decolonise the school environment and provide a holistic education.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aboriginal children, aboriginal education workers, culture, longitudinal study of Indigenous children
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Peacock, HT (Mr Huw Peacock)
UTAS Author:Prehn, J (Dr Jacob Prehn)
ID Code:133755
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Provost
Deposited On:2019-07-09
Last Modified:2020-06-23
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