Benchmarking the teaching of Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology

Ranzijn, Rob, McConnochie, Keith, Day, Andy and Nolan, Wendy 2006, Benchmarking the teaching of Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology, Australian community psychologist, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 23-27.

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Title Benchmarking the teaching of Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology
Author(s) Ranzijn, Rob
McConnochie, Keith
Day, Andy
Nolan, Wendy
Journal name Australian community psychologist
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 23
End page 27
Publisher College of Community Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication [Flinder Lane, Vic.]
Publication date 2006-04
ISSN 1320-7741
Summary This paper discusses a teaching and learning project on incorporating Australian Indigenous content into psychology undergraduate programs. After the impetus generated by the Head of Schools meeting in Perth in 1998 and the publication of the special issue of the Australian Psychologist on Psychology and Indigenous peoples in 2000, little progress seems to have been made. The paper discusses the process of developing curriculum guidelines for psychology academics wishing to include Indigenous content. These include the need to critically examine the assumptions and history of Western psychology in relation to Indigenous peoples, the inclusion of non-conventional teaching and learning methods, staff and institutional support, and appropriate staff development. While we have been encouraged by the growing support for this process, there are also significant obstacles, including rigidity of thinking about psychology programs and the attitude that it is all too hard. It is important to get this right, since the token inclusion of Indigenous material into otherwise mainstream Western psychology courses will be ineffective in bringing about the required understanding for psychology students wishing to work with Indigenous people in their professional careers and bring about social justice.
Language eng
Indigenous content on
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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