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Exploring the career experiences of indigenous teachers : beyond policy and resource initiatives

Santoro, Ninetta, Reid, Jo-Anne, Simpson, Lee and McConaghy, Cathryn 2004, Exploring the career experiences of indigenous teachers : beyond policy and resource initiatives, in AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings, Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-8.

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Title Exploring the career experiences of indigenous teachers : beyond policy and resource initiatives
Author(s) Santoro, Ninetta
Reid, Jo-Anne
Simpson, Lee
McConaghy, Cathryn
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2004 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 28 November - 2 December 2004
Title of proceedings AARE 2004 : Doing the public good : positioning educational research ; AARE 2004 International Education Research conference proceedings
Editor(s) Jeffery, Peter L.
Publication date 2004
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary In this paper we provide a contextualising account of a new four-year ARC study, Indigenous Teachers: Understanding their Professional Pathways and Career Experiences . The project has grown from our concerns about the low numbers of Indigenous teachers in schools and questions about why it is that of the few Indigenous teacher education students who graduate, many resign from teaching after short periods of time or never take up teaching positions at all.

We believe that one of the reasons for the under representation of Indigenous teachers is due to what we are calling the ‘impenetrability’ of the dominant white culture of schooling, a racial imaginary that portrays the ‘naturalness’ of whiteness. Such an imaginary informs the everyday practices and relations of social power of Australian schooling from curriculum policy to the organisation of the school sports. Our research project is concerned, in part with making visible the discourses of whiteness that shape the experiences and career pathways of Indigenous teachers. In this paper we draw on excerpts of data from interviews with Indigenous teachers in order to begin to understand how discourses of whiteness have shaped their teaching and professional experiences.
ISSN 1324-9339
Language eng
Field of Research 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2005
Copyright notice ©2004, AARE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005591

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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