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'Ethical positioning' a strategy in over coming student resistance and fostering engagement in Teaching Aboriginal History as a compulsory subject to pre-service primary education students

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O'Dowd, MF, 'Ethical positioning' a strategy in over coming student resistance and fostering engagement in Teaching Aboriginal History as a compulsory subject to pre-service primary education students, Education in Rural Australia, 20, (1) pp. 29-42. ISSN 1839-7387 (2010) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

The paper describes and analyses the issues that impacted on pre service Primary Education students' engagement with the subject 'Aboriginal culture and history' at a rural university. The paper identifies how issues including pioneer identity and local 'conversations' about race related strongly to this particular rural context. It names and demonstrates 'ethical positioning' as an effective pedagogy in shifting often unrecognised racist values and attitudes, thus enabling students to move beyond ethnocentricity. The paper highlights the openness of the students to becoming transformative educators when issues of identity, racism and its ethical implications are reflected on overtly.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Field:Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
Author:O'Dowd, MF (Dr Mary O'Dowd)
ID Code:85388
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-03
Last Modified:2014-12-20
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