`All things to all people`: indigenous teachers in the Australian teaching profession

Santoro, Ninetta and Reid, Jo-Anne 2006, `All things to all people`: indigenous teachers in the Australian teaching profession, European journal of teacher education, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 287-303, doi: 10.1080/02619760600795072.

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Title `All things to all people`: indigenous teachers in the Australian teaching profession
Author(s) Santoro, Ninetta
Reid, Jo-Anne
Journal name European journal of teacher education
Volume number 29
Issue number 3
Start page 287
End page 303
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2006-08
ISSN 0261-9768
Summary This paper reports on the findings of a four-year study that seeks to understand the experiences and career pathways of Indigenous teachers in Australia. We present data obtained from in-depth interviews with current and former teachers in order to provide a qualitative account of what lies behind demographic trends in Indigenous teacher recruitment and retention in Australia. The paper highlights the expectations of school and wider communities that Indigenous teachers will be 'all things to all people' and will fill a number of complex and sometimes conflicting roles within and beyond classrooms. We speculate that these expectations contribute to their decisions to resign from the school system to work elsewhere. We also introduce and problematise the notion of the Indigenous teacher as a category in the consciousness of teachers, administrators and other participants in the discourses of Australian schooling.
We conclude by arguing the need for non-Indigenous student-teachers to be better prepared to work alongside Indigenous colleagues and to take more active roles in the implementation of policy and initiatives around Indigenous education. The paper also raises implications for the recruitment and retention of Indigenous teachers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02619760600795072
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Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Association for Teacher Education in Europe
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004016

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