Understanding urban Indigenous student mobility: considerations for literacy educators
Lynch, Andrea (2009) Understanding urban Indigenous student mobility: considerations for literacy educators. Proceedings of the National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy. National Conference for Teachers of English and Literacy , 9-12 July 2009, Hobart ,TAS, Australia .
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Mobility is a well known characteristic of Indigenous Australians’ lived experience and plays an important role in the maintenance of connections to family and country that are integral to Indigenous people’s cultural and spiritual well-being (Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Training & Department of Defence, 2002). While some researchers have drawn attention to student mobility as a challenge for literacy teachers (Comber, 2003; Henderson, 2006) lesser explored are literacy practices that ‘close the gap’ for Indigenous students, particularly, mobile Indigenous students attending urban schools. This paper explores current research about the mobility of Indigenous students and contextualises the challenges faced by primary school literacy teachers working in school and community settings characterised by high mobility, Indigeneity and socio-economic disadvantage. It highlights the significant gaps in research available to inform practice in literacy teaching that meets the needs of mobile Indigenous students attending urban schools. It then discusses a participatory action research project underway in regional Queensland that aims to document effective literacy teaching practices for mobile urban Indigenous students. Finally, it offers some preliminary insights as emergent in the action research project to date.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)|
|Keywords:||Indigenous education; social justice; student mobility; literacy|
|FoR Codes:||13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 80%|
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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