More than the power of two: sharing leadership for social justice in Australian schools with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Wilkinson, Eleanor Louise, Lewthwaite, Brian Ellis, and McGinty, Suzanne Claire (2017) More than the power of two: sharing leadership for social justice in Australian schools with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In: AERA Online Paper Repository. From: AERA 2017: Achieving the Promise for Indigenous Peoples: research and praxis I, 27 April - 1 May 2017, San Antonio, TX, USA.

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Abstract

Australian schools are now under constant pressure to improve student achievement, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Successful school-community interrelationships are considered an important contributing factor to this improvement as is the school's educational leadership. This paper reports on a four year research project that looks into these contributing factors, through the work of Indigenous Education Workers (IEWs)/Community Education Counsellors (CECs) and principals and how they collaborate together. Informed by theoretical underpinnings emanating from a critical theorist framework, a mixed method, participatory action research multi-site case study approach was undertaken in a large educational region in the state of Queensland, Australia. Insights into the significance of the IEW/CEC role and the distinctive educational leadership relationship practice between IEWs/CECs and principals are presented. Finally, the paper explains the scholarly significance of the project and its potential to influence system policy and actions of educational leaders in Australian schools.

Item ID: 52094
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: principals indigenous education workers Australia school change
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 03:14
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 100%
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