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Beyond culturalism: addressing issues of Indigenous disadvantage through schooling

Keddie, Amanda, Gowlett, Christina, Mills, Martin, Monk, Sue and Renshaw, Peter 2013, Beyond culturalism: addressing issues of Indigenous disadvantage through schooling, Australian educational researcher, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 91-108, doi: 10.1007/s13384-012-0080-x.

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Title Beyond culturalism: addressing issues of Indigenous disadvantage through schooling
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Gowlett, Christina
Mills, Martin
Monk, Sue
Renshaw, Peter
Journal name Australian educational researcher
Volume number 40
Issue number 1
Start page 91
End page 108
Total pages 18
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-02
ISSN 0311-6999
2210-5328
Keyword(s) Indigenous education
equity
marginality
diversity
culturalism
Summary This paper draws from a study that explored issues of student equity, marginality and diversity in two secondary schools in regional Queensland (Australia). The paper foregrounds interview data gathered from administration, teaching and ancillary staff at one of the schools, ‘Crimson’ High School. The school has a high Indigenous student population and is well recognised within the broader community as catering well to this population. With reference to the school’s concerns about Indigenous disadvantage and the various approaches undertaken to address this disadvantage, the paper articulates the significance of educators being critically aware of how they construct race and use it as an organising principle in their work. This awareness is central to moving beyond the culturalism and racial incommensurability that tend to predominate within Indigenous education—where cultural reductionism homogenises indigeneity within and against a dominant White norm. With reference to a specific approach at the school designed predominantly for Indigenous male students—to foster inter-cultural awareness and respect through sport—we highlight ways in which notions of culturalism and racial incommensurability might be disrupted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s13384-012-0080-x
Field of Research 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Association for Research in Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087447

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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