Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge into the Bachelor of Education (Pre-service) Primary

By Linda Ford, Allan Arnott, Tanya Nasir and John Prior.

Published by The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations: Annual Review

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This project was initiated to support the School of Education’s (SoE’s) impetus to embed Indigenous Knowledge (IK) into its Bachelor of Education (Primary) Degree. This move to increase the level of IK in Higher Education curricula is a response to a national push initially stimulated by the Council of Australian Government (COAG). The embedding of IK into the SoE units has been somewhat sporadic and intermittent. The incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into the BEPD program (and others across the university) will thus be an on-going process that requires further work and resourcing. It is therefore important that impetus is not lost and that a range of measures are put in place to ensure continuity of progress.
The project was carried out through a series of interviews with School of Education staff; workshops seeking wider Indigenous input; a desk top review of School of Education course units; liaison with CDU Library.

Keywords: Diversity

The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, Volume 13, 2013, pp.35-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 22, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 315.307KB)).

Linda Ford

Senior Research Fellow, The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia

Dr Payi Linda Ford is an Aboriginal woman from the Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu clan, Kurrindju, of the Finniss River, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at The Northern Institute at CDU, with whom she has a long association. Her knowledge, expertise and research in working with Indigenous groups is clearly invaluable to TNI. She graduated with her PhD (Education), 2006 from Deakin University. Dr Ford’s understanding and familiarity with the Indigenous epistemological practices within Aboriginal communities has informed her ways of being and knowing, and it is her ability to contribute to research an investigation of Indigenous knowledge in Indigenist research methodologies through her research projects such as the Indigenous Early Childhood Settings, Australian Research Council Indigenous Discovery ID 10775813 Grant 2007 - 2011.

Allan Arnott

Senior Research Fellow, The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Dr Allan Arnott is a Senior Research Fellow with TNI having a long association with CDU as a teacher and researcher. He has years of experience with Indigenous education and community development in the NT and was previously head of TAFE (VET) in the Northeast Arnhem region of the NT.

Tanya Nasir

Australia

Ms Tanya Nasir is an Indigenous woman who has been a student at CDU and now has her own business working with Indigenous people and communities in a capacity building role. She is much in demand in this role.

John Prior

Research Assistant, The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia

John Prior is a non Indigenous Research Assistant for The Northern Institute with over 30 years involvement in Indigenous Education and community development in the NT. Prior to that he worked in Teacher Education in PNG. He has a long association with CDU as a teacher and tutor dating back to the days of it being Darwin Community College then NT University.