Learning about knowledge: threshold concepts for Indigenous studies in education

  • Nikki MoodieEmail author


The idea of ‘threshold concepts’ for Indigenous studies has received little attention in the literature to date. Page’s work is the notable exception, identifying the basis for what may constitute threshold concepts in this field. This paper builds on Page’s approach by providing a theoretical consideration of five ideas that may function as threshold concepts in Indigenous studies: race, Country, relationality, policy and evidence. Much research on Indigenous teaching and learning focuses on curriculum and pedagogy, but it is unclear what prior content knowledge of Indigenous issues pre-service teachers require. Threshold concepts allow the specification of content knowledge, which could suggest that learning about knowledge production may function as a part of learning about teaching, and thus describe a foundational purpose for Indigenous studies in the field of education.


Policy problematisation Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education Initial teacher education Teacher professional knowledge Race 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of ArtsThe University of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia

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