Australian Indigenous community development: making the link between community development training and community development practice

Stephens, Anne, Baird, Lesley, and Tsey, Komla (2013) Australian Indigenous community development: making the link between community development training and community development practice. Community Development, 44 (3). pp. 277-291.

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Abstract

There is little written about the link between community development training and community development practice in the context of Australian Indigenous community development. Wontulp Bi-Buya College (WBBC), in Queensland, Australia, is a training organization providing explicit training in community development to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders. A framework for understanding the complex nature of community development training and its impact on Indigenous community development is theorized through the lenses of (1) empowerment as a modeled strategy, (2) pedagogy, and (3) the importance of social capital ties, through the work being delivered at WBBC. Insights from this work have an important bearing on actions needed to achieve the Australian "Close the Gap" policy on Indigenous disadvantage, and in particular, appropriate program monitoring and evaluation frameworks used to assess interventions.

Item ID: 26956
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1557-5330
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander/ Australian Indigenous; adult higher education; community organizing; grassroots development
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 04:43
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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