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Towards cultural competence : Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology

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posted on 2008-06-01, 00:00 authored by R Ranzijn, K McConnochie, Andrew Day, W Nolan, M Whartona
This paper discusses the development and preliminary analysis of psychology undergraduate courses on cultural competence in relation to Indigenous Australians. The paper summarises the process that led to the formation of draft curriculum guidelines for psychology academics, including 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. The paper then discusses the responses of students to one of the courses developed from these guidelines. The courses were well received by students and although they do not in themselves teach professional psychological skills in working effectively with Indigenous people, they provide a solid basis for the development of such skills. Because this is a relatively new area, it is likely that there will be much refinement of these courses in coming years.

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Journal

Australian psychologist

Volume

43

Issue

2

Pagination

132 - 139

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

St. Lucia, Qld.

ISSN

0005-0067

eISSN

1742-9544

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Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Taylor & Francis

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