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Benchmarking the teaching of Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology

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posted on 2006-04-01, 00:00 authored by R Ranzijn, K McConnochie, Andrew Day, W Nolan
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.

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Journal

Australian community psychologist

Volume

18

Issue

1

Pagination

23 - 27

Publisher

College of Community Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society

Location

[Flinder Lane, Vic.]

ISSN

1320-7741

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This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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