Culturally appropriate behaviour support for Australian Indigenous students: what does the literature show?

Llewellyn, Linda, and Boon, Helen J. (2015) Culturally appropriate behaviour support for Australian Indigenous students: what does the literature show? In: Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. pp. 1-13. From: AARE 2015: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 29 November - 3 December 2015, Freemantle, WA, Australia.

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Teacher responses to Indigenous student behaviour, when couched in cultural mismatch and lack of cultural understanding, can lead to overrepresentation of Indigenous students in negative indicators associated with student behaviour. To better understand appropriate strategies to support the behaviour of Australian Indigenous students a review of the published peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed literature was undertaken. The review revealed a number of themes which underpin appropriate Indigenous student behavior support: an understanding of Self and the Other and power relations without a deficit paradigm; particular personal qualities of the teacher and the ability to create effective relationships with Indigenous students. In addition, for classroom behaviour support to be successful teachers should also know or be willing to learn: the culture and characteristics of students, their learning strengths, successful pedagogy for Indigenous students and proactive behaviour support strategies. Teachers should also use culturally based behaviour support and management strategies and create links with community. The review also revealed that while the literature offered numerous suggestions, Australian research evidence is lacking a quantum of empirically based evidence.

Item ID: 44676
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 1324-9320
Keywords: quality teaching, Indigenous students, culturally responsive pedagogy
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 02:15
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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