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The invisible cohort: Remote students’ engagement and success in higher education

  • Authors: Pollard, Louise, Skene, Judy, Venville, Grady
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

This chapter applies a remote lens to the experience of rural students in higher education. Students from remote locations are usually subsumed within the regional students’ cohort for policy and…

Indigenous children’s ‘ways of knowing’: Exploring literacy learning for Indigenous preschool children in remote communities in Australia

  • Authors: Spencer, Alexis, Rouse, Elizabeth
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2021

Indigenous Australian children are more likely to score below the national literacy and numeracy benchmarks and less likely to access quality early childhood education and care than non-Indigenous Australian children.…

Engaging Indigenous peoples in technology supported human service offerings

  • Authors: Wilson-Evered, Elisabeth, Zeleznikow, John
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2021

Loss of historical artefacts arising from colonisation and past social policy continue to cause disadvantage and distress for indigenous peoples all over the world and particularly so in Australia. Social…

Digital coercive control and spatiality: Rural, regional, and remote women’s experience

  • Authors: Harris, Bridget, Woodlock, Delanie
  • Publisher: Emerald
  • Published: 2021

Technology increasingly features in intimate relationships and is used by domestic violence perpetrators to enact harm. In this chapter we propose a theoretical and practical framework for technology-facilitated harms in…

Unique challenges in developing capacity in rural and remote Australia: Arts utility in growing rural and remote places

  • Author: Anwar-McHenry, Julia
  • Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
  • Published: 2021

In this book, the authors present current research in the study of capacity development opportunities and challenges and capacity building in education, health and capital. Topics discussed include capacity building…

Traversing the online landscape: A remote Indigenous community perspective

  • Authors: Kariippanon, Kishan, Senior, Kate
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

This chapter attempts to tackle a sweeping assumption that globalisation and technology has created an equal playing field and homogenised users of the Internet and social media. Health services and…

The impact of advances and challenges of bush internet cnnectivity for women in agriculture in Queensland, Australia

  • Author: Hay, Rachel
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2021

Adoption of agricultural technology such as remote cameras, remote weather stations, bore cameras, and other livestock management systems in the Queensland, Australian beef industry is inconsistent. Marketing of these technologies…

Night Patrols: Mobilising collective efficacy in Indigenous communities

  • Authors: Scott, John, Sims, Margaret, Cooper, Trudi, Barclay, Elaine
  • Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • Published: 2021

On one level, motor vehicles might represent the possibility of unfettered freedom, escape (from government authority) and autonomy through providing work and leisure opportunities. On another level, in remote places,…

Opportunities and barriers for degrowth in remote tourism destinations: overcoming regional inequalities?

  • Authors: Carson, Dean, Carson, Doris
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

The sustainability of tourism is increasingly under question given the challenges of overtourism, COVID-19 and the contribution of tourism to climate and environmental change. Degrowth and Tourism provides an original…

Can boarding be better? Ethical dilemmas for policy-makers, education providers and evidence-makers

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Osborne, Sam
  • Publisher: Springer Singapore
  • Published: 2021

Boarding schools have played an important role for much of Australia’s colonised history. But in recent years attention has shifted to the role of boarding schools particularly for rural and…

Bush medicine knowledge and use among young Kriol speakers in Ngukurr

  • Author: Dickson, Greg
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

In 2013, in a Ngukurr backyard, I was preparing to interview a young mother about her knowledge and use of bush medicine. It was a familiar remote community scene—outdoor social…

Housing waste in remote Indigenous Australia

  • Authors: Grealy, Liam, Lea, Tess
  • Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group
  • Published: 2021

(Book abstract) This book investigates the complex and unpredictable temporalities of waste. Reflecting on waste in the context of sustainability, materiality, social practices, subjectivity, and environmental challenges, the book covers…

Aboriginal agency, knowledge, and voice: Centring Kulintja southern methodologies

  • Author: Osborne, Samuel
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

Indigenous scholars continue to argue for decolonial approaches to research in Indigenous communities. This work involves challenging accepted institutionally generated ‘truths’ about Indigenous experiences and realities – often framed in…

‘They don’t dance corroboree any more’: Youth relations to authority, leadership and civic responsibility in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Authors: Senior, Kate, Chenhall, Richard, Daniels, Daphne
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Introduction: This study of young people’s leadership aspirations begins with a corroboree, which was part of the initiation ceremony for three young boys. This was the final corroboree before the…

Growing up fast in two remote Aboriginal communities

  • Author: McMullen, Sue
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

In this chapter, I focus on how young Aboriginal women find sexual partners, often with a view to marriage and child-bearing, in two communities. The first is a remote Aboriginal…

Sawyer’s story: Guidance and control of adolescents in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Author: Burbank, Victoria
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

Remote Aboriginal communities in Australia have not been exempt from the rapid and radical changes that have characterised recent human history (e.g. Rowse 2017). While much of this change has…

Food practices of young people in a remote Aboriginal community

  • Author: Aquino, Danielle
  • Publisher: ANU Press
  • Published: 2021

A common trope is that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are ‘lost’, ‘trapped’ or ‘caught’ between two worlds: that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and that of…

Strengthening pathways into higher education with remote indigenous communities in Australia

  • Authors: Smith, James A, Moore, Terry , Robertson, Kim, Street, Cat, Stewart, Allison, Stephens, Donna, Girard, Aurelie, Yibarbuk, Dean, Christie, Benjamin
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2021

Community engagement is often cited as a critical component of working within indigenous communities in Australia and other countries. Ideally, this involves engaging in community-led and community-informed methods and place-based…

Post-disaster access to justice

  • Authors: Hale, Rachel, Stewart-North, Melina, Harkness, Alistair
  • Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
  • Published: 2021

Disasters significantly reduce the accessibility of justice particularly in rural locations. The bushfires, which ravaged three states in the south-east of Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, have had…

Embracing the knot: The importance of personal risk-taking within intercultural research in Aboriginal Australia

  • Author: Moore, Susan Janelle
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2021

Critical inquiry into sensitive social problems requires risk-taking by researchers and research participants alike. Detailed in this chapter are insights into risks as experienced by the scholar within a study…

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