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Reconstructing Aboriginal identity : a social-political case-study in curriculum change

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posted on 1995-01-01, 00:00 authored by Christine HalseChristine Halse
This paper locates the development of Aboriginal Studies curricula within the context of Aboriginal political activism and 20th century reconstruction of Aboriginal identity in Australia. It is suggested that the incorporation of the reconstructed Aboriginal identity in Aboriginal Studies curricula institutionalised a radical conceptual change. Using the senior secondary Aboriginal Studies curriculum as an example, it is argued that unresolved tensions exist in the syllabus, the conceptualisation of community and the social process of identity formation inherent in recent reconstructions of Aboriginal identity. The question posed is whether these tensions will ultimately act as a form of oppression for Aboriginal people in the cross-cultural environment of contemporary Australia.

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Journal

Pacific-Asian education

Volume

7

Issue

1-2

Pagination

53 - 59

Publisher

Pacific Circle Consortium

Location

Hobart, Tas.

ISSN

1019-8725

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Language

eng

Publication classification

C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

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1995, Pacific Circle Consortium

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