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

Halse, C. 1995, Reconstructing Aboriginal identity : a social-political case-study in curriculum change, Pacific-Asian education, vol. 7, no. 1-2, pp. 53-59.

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Title Reconstructing Aboriginal identity : a social-political case-study in curriculum change
Author(s) Halse, C.
Journal name Pacific-Asian education
Volume number 7
Issue number 1-2
Start page 53
End page 59
Publisher Pacific Circle Consortium
Place of publication Hobart, Tas.
Publication date 1995
ISSN 1019-8725
Summary 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.
Language eng
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Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©1995, Pacific Circle Consortium
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