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Title: Success Stories from an Indigenous Immersion Primary Teaching Experience in New South Wales Schools
Contributor(s): Harrington, Ingrid  (author)orcid ; Brasche, Inga  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1375/ajie.40.23
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Abstract: A federal report released by the Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA, 2009), entitled 'Closing the Gap on Indigenous Disadvantage: The Challenge for Australia', highlighted the inequality that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students based on a restricted access to resources, issues of isolation, staff and student retention, and cultural differences and challenges. In New South Wales (NSW), the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) in 2003/2004 undertook their own review of Aboriginal education in NSW Government schools that revealed significant concerns about the outcomes being achieved by Aboriginal students in NSW DET schools, confirming the more recent FaHCSIA (2009) findings. In 2006 the NSW DET implemented the Enhanced Teacher Training Scholarship Program (ETTSP) to empower 20 final-year education students to successfully engage with Indigenous students in schools and their wider community during their internship period. Using themes, this article explores the experiences of 10 University of New England scholarship holders at the end of their final year of teacher training and immersion/internship experience in 2010. The article puts forward useful recommendations for both teacher universities and students intending to teach in schools with high Indigenous student populations.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v.40, p. 23-34
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2049-7784
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 450205 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160101 Early childhood education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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