Aboriginal Voices: Social Justice and Transforming Aboriginal Education

  • Cathie Burgess
  • Kevin LoweEmail author


This chapter outlines the Aboriginal Voices project drawing on evidence from ten systematic reviews in Aboriginal education. Findings from the reviews were thematically analysed to find out ‘what works’. Social justice theories from Fraser (Reframing justice in a globalizing world. New Left Review, 36(November–December), 1–19. Accessed 23 Apr 2013, 2005), Mills et al. (Critical Studies in Education 57, 101–115, 2016) and Nakata (International Federation of Library Associations 28, 281–291, 2002) provide a framework to consider how (in)justice is experienced by Aboriginal students. Conceptualisations of Indigenous identity, connectedness and relationality draw together key themes of effective teaching, curriculum and the importance of families and communities to the bigger picture of culturally responsive schooling. Emerging from these themes is the urgent need to redefine success from Indigenous standpoints and mobilise a newly conceptualised model of education that is both cognisant of the failings of established practices and responsive to Aboriginal aspirations for real change.


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  1. 1.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.The University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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