Indigenous student mobility, performance and achievement: issues of positioning and traceability

Doyle, Tanya, and Prout, Sarah (2012) Indigenous student mobility, performance and achievement: issues of positioning and traceability. International Journal of Educational Research, 54. pp. 41-49.

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Abstract

While population mobility is a fundamental component of the lived experience of many Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, the ways in which educators and education systems respond (or fail to respond) to mobility demonstrates that there is very little understanding of this social and cultural phenomena. At the local school level, student mobility has significant impacts upon the work of teachers and administrators, as well as upon the social and academic outcomes of both mobile and non-mobile students. It is consequently widely constructed as an 'Indigenous problem' that must be overcome by educators. Simultaneously, existing education administrative and performance data are collected and used in ways that erase and/or oversimplify the relationship of mobility to schooling. This paper critically examines the role of administrative and performance data in reinforcing assumptions about student (immobility), and the potential of such data to provide a more accurate and complete framework for engaging with highly mobile Indigenous students.

Item ID: 23389
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: educational accountability; student mobility; educational policy
ISSN: 1873-538X
Projects and Grants: Let's Stay Put for Literacy and Numeracy Learning
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 03:05
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development @ 25%
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