Indigenous education policy

Into this silence the children said – we are not the problem we are the solution

By Melitta Hogarth

“…And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking, people hearing without listeningPeople writing songs that voices ever shared, no one dared disturb the sound of silence…” (Excerpt from Sound of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel, 1965) There is a silence echoing within government chambers,  as the need to

Effective teaching methods that work for Indigenous students: latest research

By Cathie Burgess

What does effective teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students look like? Thousands of research studies have been dedicated to finding answers to this question. But much of what we think we know, or hear, about Indigenous education remains mired in myths and legends. Governments have been surprisingly frank about the failure of their

The trickery used to marginalise and silence Indigenous voice in education

By Melitta Hogarth

Indigenous education policy, reviews and reports have consistently sought for the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all levels of decision-making. However, actions and evidence suggest otherwise: the silencing and marginalisation of Indigenous peoples continues. My research focuses on the various mechanisms put in place that counter the goodwill intentions shared by

Boarding school for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can have very damaging effects: new evidence-based research

By John Guenther and Bill Fogarty

For many Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students living in remote communities across Australia, ‘choice’ in secondary education

Myth buster: improving school attendance does not improve student outcomes

By James Ladwig and Allan Luke

Does improved student attendance lead to improved student achievement? Join prime ministers, premiers and education ministers from all sides of politics if you believe it does. They regularly tell us about the need to “improve” or “increase” attendance in order to improve achievement. We recently had unprecedented access to state government data on individual school