Staff capacity development initiatives that support the well-being of Indigenous children in their transitions to boarding schools: a systematic scoping review

Heyeres, Marion, McCalman, Janya, Bainbridge, Roxanne, and Redman-Maclaren, Michelle (2017) Staff capacity development initiatives that support the well-being of Indigenous children in their transitions to boarding schools: a systematic scoping review. Frontiers in Education, 2. 1. pp. 1-10.

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Background: Secondary education for Indigenous children from remote communities requires separation from their communities and families. As these students transition to boarding schools, they face several challenges that are additional to those faced by their non-Indigenous peers. In response, adequate academic and emotional well-being support needs to be provided by school and residential staff. This systematic review reports on international and Australian capacity development initiatives for education and boarding staff that support these students. Methods: Five databases were searched using database-specific search strings, considering peer-reviewed articles and gray literature, published between 2001 and 2016. The resultant publications were screened to identify (a) their nature and quality and (b) their characteristics in terms of aims, strategies, and outputs. Results: Seven hundred thirty-six citations were identified; 51 full text publications met inclusion criteria for assessment. Seven publications were eligible for review. Staff capacity building initiatives encompassed a range of approaches, including training, feedback, reflective practice, mentoring, networking, and supervision. Only one publication focused specifically on the support of education staff, others were centred on improving educational, behavioral, and emotional outcomes for Indigenous boarding school students. All of the research was descriptive, with only two original research publications. Conclusion: Despite a variety of approaches being described in brief, we found no high quality research that focused exclusively on staff capacity building approaches in the Indigenous boarding school context. The few publications available to review were exclusively descriptive in nature, highlighting a clear need for well-executed evaluation research.

Item ID: 46985
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2504-284X
Keywords: capacity development, education staff, boarding school, transition, Indigenous, children
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Copyright: © 2017 Heyeres, McCalman, Bainbridge and Redman-MacLaren. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC 1076774
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 22:44
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4502 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education > 450212 Cultural responsiveness and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities education @ 60%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390399 Education systems not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 20%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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