A Case Study of Controversy: The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy

  • John McCollow
Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 19)


The Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) is a partnership between the Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) and Good to Great Schools Australia (GGSA). The CYAAA has operated in the remote Queensland communities of Coen, Aurukun and Hope Vale. While Aurukun is no longer a campus, the CYAAA continues to operate at Coen and Hope Vale, where it uses Direct Instruction (DI), a standardised pedagogical and curriculum program. This chapter addresses the questions: What is the nature of the CYAAA reform? How has its implementation played out? What is the evidence of its success/failure? What conclusions should be drawn from the CYAAA experience? All of these questions have had significant relevance to literacy education in the three communities discussed here. Because the CYAAA is a high-profile, contested reform that embodies a particular approach to remote Indigenous education, these questions are important, not only to the communities involved but in considerations concerning literacy education for Indigenous communities in general.



Figure 14.2 and quotes from “Some preliminary analyses of the three Cape York schools on NAPLAN”, unpublished paper (Hattie 2014) are reproduced with the permission of Professor John Hattie.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John McCollow
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  1. 1.TJ Ryan FoundationBrisbaneAustralia

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