Travelling Remote: Training Indigenous Teachers in Remote Communities in Australia’s Northern Territory

By David Blair Rhodes, Debbie Prescott and Wendy Giles.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The Charles Darwin University has entered into a partnership with Catholic Education in Australia’s Northern Territory to train Indigenous teacher aides to become teachers. The program is unique in that the training takes place on location in the remote community, while lecturers travel, via plane, four wheel drive and boat to reach their students.
This is an important program, given the low levels of literacy in remote communities, high levels of school disengagement and the inablilty of schools to maintain high quality teaching staff.
Indigenous teachers are best placed to provide consistent, positive role-models to young Indigenous people, maintain educational continuity and make learning and education relevant for local students.
Through profiles of two of the sites for the Growing Our Own program, this paper will explore the models used to train the Indigenous teachers, examine the problems encountered and celebrate the achievements of those involved.

Keywords: Indigenous, Teacher Training, Remote Communities, Learning, Education, Training

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.321-330. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 648.027KB).

Dr. David Blair Rhodes

Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Education, Health and Science, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

David Rhodes is a Lecturer with the School of Education at the Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory, Australia. He was a full-time secondary school teacher for a number of years and has submitted his PhD for examination. He currently lives in Darwin. He is actively involved in Indigenous Teacher Education. His research interests include diversity and inclusion in education.

Debbie Prescott

Lecturer in Education, School of Education, Faculty of Education, Health and Science, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Debbie Prescott is a Lecturer in Education at Charles Darwin University.

Wendy Giles

Associate Professor, School of Education, Faculty of Education, Health and Science, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Wendy Giles is Associate Professor of Education at Charles Darwin University.

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