Risky Journeys: The Development of Best Practice Adult Educational Programs to Indigenous People in Rural and Remote Communities

By Roselyn May Dixon, Robert John Dixon and Sophie Constable.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The findings from a culturally relevant innovative educational program to support community health through dog health are presented. It will report on the pilot of a program, using a generative curriculum model where Indigenous knowledge is brought into the process of teaching and learning by community members and is integrated with an empirical knowledge base. The characteristics of the pilot program will be discussed. These included locally relevant content, appropriate learning processes such as the development of personal caring relationships, and supporting different world views. Recommendations include the projected use of local Indigenous health workers to enhance the sustainability of the program.

Keywords: Indigenous Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.231-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 580.144KB).

Dr. Roselyn May Dixon

Lecturer in Special Education, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Dr. Rose Dixon is a special education lecturer at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has published in the areas of social competence and people with disabilities. She is also involved with Early childhood intervention for children with special needs. She is part of a large research team that is examining culturally relevant education programs in rural and remote Indigenous communities. Another research interest is the application of Social Comparison Theory and Social Cultural Theeory to children with special needs. Dr. Dixon is the Undergraduate Supervisor of Special Education and the Deputy Director of the Early Childhood program.

Dr. Robert John Dixon

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Camden, NSW, Australia

Robert Dixon is the Subdean for Animal Welfare, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Camden, NSW 2570 Australia. He has undertaken research in such diverse areas as virology, molecular virology, immunology toxicology and tertiary education. His current research focusses on the human:animal domain especially with through his development of the Healthy Dogs, Healthy Communities research project which is a multidisciplinary program examining a number of facets including education, welfare and human health. He is also undertaking studies into the attitudes of different cultural cohorts to animals including Australians, Aboriginal Australians and Chinese University students in China. Future plans include exploring the link between animal cruelty and human violence.

Dr. Sophie Constable

Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Camden, NSW, Australia

Sophie Constable is undertaking the field studies in the development of a culturally relevant, generative curriculum to improve the health and welfare of dogs in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. The "Healthy Dogs Healthy Communities" program aims through the sharing both Indigenous and Western knowledges of dogs that not only will the health of dogs improve but also the overall community health will improve through the reduction of diseases of dogs that can be spread to humans. She is a qualified veterinarian with a Masters degree in Indigenous Education and is based in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Camden, NSW Australia


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