Preparing practitioners for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: Indigenous Studies Methodologies in the higher education sector

Year: 2018

Author: Daniels-Mayes, Sheelagh, Riley, Lynette

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper seeks to answer two key questions: first, what is Indigenous Studies Methodologies and secondly, how and why should it be taught within higher education? The paper seeks to answer these questions by analyzing the construction and delivery of a new university course for third year undergraduate arts, education and social science students. The course was underpinned by an interdisciplinary approach with collaborative teaching, whereby colleagues from across disciplines delivered modules in specific themes aligned with their areas of expertise. This pedagogical approach sought to build students ways of researching and teaching Indigenous cultures, knowledges, perspectives and histories.  More specifically, students critically analysed the diverse range of Indigenous methodologies used nationally and internationally in Indigenous Studies and how these relate  to their specific discipline, future research and practise. The course aimed to demonstrate to students the importance of appropriate cultural protocols for ethical and responsible work in Indigenous Studies and when working with Indigenous communities. This presentation will make the case that the purpose of Indigenous Studies Methodology is to contribute to the development of practitioners to work respectfully, ethically and inclusively with Aboriginal peoples and their communities.