Positive educational responses to Indigenous student mobility

Hill, Angela, Lynch, Andrea, and Dalley-Trim, Leanne (2012) Positive educational responses to Indigenous student mobility. International Journal of Educational Research, 54. pp. 50-59.

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Abstract

Engaging positively with the mobility of Indigenous students has been the centre of a 5-year action research project in Queensland, Australia. Drawing on responses developed for other marginalised mobile populations, and with consideration for the extent of mobility amongst many Indigenous people in Australia, this paper focuses on the professional development of teachers to understand the needs of highly mobile Indigenous students. The paper outlines the introduction of a key support role within the school, a Mobility Support Teacher (MST). The role and the programme are reviewed in the context of a recent renewed commitment to 'needs based funding' in schools in Australia. Taking a critical view of the funding arrangements for Australian schools, it is argued that mobile Indigenous students, as an underserved population, require significant ongoing support.

Item ID: 21260
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: student mobility; Indigenous education; education policy; professional learning; social justice
ISSN: 1873-538X
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 06:01
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education @ 50%
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