Feature Articles

Knowledge and Policy

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 67-78

First online:

Issues of knowledge in the policy of self-determination for aboriginal Australian communities

  • Helen Watson-Verran’sAffiliated withDepartment of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne
  • , Leon White’sAffiliated withLaynhapuy Homelands School, Yirrkala, via Nhulunbuy

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Since 1972, the direction of policy concerning development of Aboriginal Australian communities has been towards adoption of the notion of self-determination. This paper presents a case study of how one particular Aboriginal community has combined local knowledge with non-Aboriginal knowledge to develop an alternative mathematics curriculum that will promote community development and authentic self-determination.