University of the Free State, South Africa visit
In October, John Guenther had the privilege of giving a keynote address to the Sustainable Learning Ecologies Coloquium, ahead of the South African Education Research Association conference at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. The paper was titled ‘Sustainable Learning Environments in remote Australia’. It can be accessed here
The visit was hosted by UFS colleague, Dipane Hlalale, pictured above (left of John). The trip included visits to a ‘deep rural’ boarding school, a cultural village and the QwaQwa campus of UFS—a great opportunity to share knowledge and learn.
Language, Education and Diversity Conference, New Zealand
RES team member Samantha Disbray attended the Language, Education and Diversity Conference in Auckland, 23-26th
November, with colleagues from the Warlpiri Education and Training Trust (WETT), Barbara Martin and Enid Gallagher (pictured above). The team took part in a symposium ‘Multilingual learning in and out of school in remote Indigenous Australia’. They presented papers on the Warlpiri Curriculum Cycle and Database, a working example of Red Dirt Curriculum, and on out of school learning spaces. In this, Enid talked about the successful youth program operated by the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation. About 45 people attended the session, which was well received by members of the international audience.
One highlight of the busy conference was the symposium ‘Indigenous culturally sustaining/revitalising pedagogy – humanising, decolonising, and carrying the agenda forward’. Another was the day long workshop on international Indigenous language education, attended by Indigenous educators from places such as the US, Canada and Norway.
There were many more interesting papers and key note sessions. Everyone enjoyed the collegial atmosphere and the beautiful city, Auckland. We even managed a quick trip across the bay to the little township of Devonport. Participation at the conference was funded by Charles Darwin University, WETT and the CRC-REP.
New peer reviewed publications include:
Benveniste, T., Dawson, D., & Rainbird, S. (2015). The Role of the Residence: Exploring the Goals of an Aboriginal Residential Program in Contributing to the Education and Development of Remote Students. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, FirstView
, 1-10. doi: doi:10.1017/jie.2015.19
Disbray, S. (2015). Spaces for learning: policy and practice for indigenous languages in a remote context. Language and Education
, 1-20. doi: 10.1080/09500782.2015.1114629
Guenther, J., Disbray, S., & Osborne, S. (2015). Building on ‘Red Dirt’ Perspectives: What Counts as Important for Remote Education? Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44
(2), 194-206. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jie.2015.20
Guenther, J., Halsey, J., & Osborne, S. (2015). From Paradise to beyond: Geographical constructs and how they shape education in the ‘bush’ . Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 25
Guenther, J., Osborne, S., Arnott, A., & McRae-Williams, E. (2015). Hearing the voice of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training stakeholders using research methodologies and theoretical frames of reference. Race Ethnicity and Education
, 1-12. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2015.1110294
Lovell, J. (2015). Customary Assets and Contemporary Artistry: Multimodal Learning and Remote Economic Participation. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, FirstView
, 1-10. doi:10.1017/jie.2015.24
Townsend, P. (2015). Mobile Devices for Tertiary Study – Philosophy Meets Pragmatics for Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, FirstView
, 1-11. doi: doi:10.1017/jie.2015.26
Burke, C. P. (2015). Indigenous Kids and Schooling in the Northern Territory: An Introductory Overview and Brief History of Aboriginal Education in the Northern Territory Penny Lee, Lyn Fasoli, Lysbeth Ford, Peter Stephenson and Dennis McInerney Batchelor Press, Northern Territory, 2014, 236pp, ISBN 9781741312881. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, FirstView
, 1-4. doi:10.1017/jie.2015.18
Guenther, J. (2015). Sustainable Learning Environments in remote Australia
. Paper presented at the Sustainable Learning Ecologies Colloquium, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. https://www.academia.edu/17328146/Sustainable_Learning_Environments_in_remote_Australia