Talkin’ bout a revolution: the call for transformation and reform in Indigenous education

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The areas of concern (‘goals’, ‘domains’ and ‘priority areas’—whatever policymakers wish to call them) relating to Indigenous education have not changed since the first National Indigenous education policy in 1989. Deficit discourses, discursive trickery and the inability to report progress continues to demoralise and ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students remain at the lower rungs of educational outcome indicators maintaining societal and institutional constructs. In this paper, I argue that there is a need to dramatically reform the approach to Indigenous education transforming the hegemonic positioning assumed by the coloniser. Essentially, this would take a revolution: a revolutionary transformation of institutional and societal constructs; a cognitive awareness of how language and discourses are used to maintain power and a need to privilege Indigenous voices and knowledges to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights in education are achieved.

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Hogarth, M. Talkin’ bout a revolution: the call for transformation and reform in Indigenous education. Aust. Educ. Res. 45, 663–674 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-018-0277-8

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Keywords

  • Indigenous critical discourse analysis
  • Policy
  • Discourse
  • Indigenous education