Signatures of quality teaching for Indigenous students

Boon, Helen J., and Lewthwaite, Brian E. (2016) Signatures of quality teaching for Indigenous students. Australian Educational Researcher, 43 (4). pp. 453-471.

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Abstract

This paper presents findings from the validation of a survey instrument constructed in response to what Indigenous parents/carers and students believe constitutes culturally responsive pedagogies that positively influence Indigenous student learning. Characteristics of culturally responsive pedagogies established through interviews with Australian Indigenous parents, community members and students generated themes which were distilled into survey items by a team of Indigenous and other educators. The instrument was then put on trial with 141 teachers for statistical validation. Analyses employing the Rasch model confirmed that the instrument measured a unidimensional latent trait: culturally responsive pedagogy. Seven subscales, content validities of which were determined by a panel of experts, were also confirmed. Results highlighted differences between primary and secondary teachers’ self-reported practice, and important facets of teacher pedagogy in the two different school contexts emerged. Analyses of four of the subscales of the instrument—Indigenous cultural value, self‐regulation support, literacy teaching and explicitness—are presented in the context of current emphases on quality teaching and Indigenous student outcomes. The instrument can be used to measure teachers’ nuances in pedagogy, and the resulting teacher profiles can be used to assist teachers to focus on particular aspects of their pedagogy to meet the needs of their students.

Item ID: 44700
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: quality teaching, Indigenous students, Rasch analysis, culturally responsive pedagogy, primary teachers, secondary teachers
ISSN: 2210-5328
Funders: Catholic Education, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Linkage Grant
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 23:45
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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