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Simulated impacts of wet season spelling and intensive rotational grazing on pasture condition in a degraded northern Mitchell grass savanna

  • Authors: Robyn Cowley, Dionne Walsh, Jane Douglas
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2017

The northern Australian pastoral industry is intensifying development and grazing systems to facilitate greater productivity and capital value. A three year field trial in the Barkly region of the Northern…

Indigenous foods benefiting indigenous Australians

  • Authors: Higgins-Desbiolles, Freya, Vilkinas, Tricia, Wijesinghe, Gayathri, Akbar, Skye, Gifford, Stuart
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2016

In Australia, a (re)emerging and hot trend is featuring native foods in restaurants, food tours and culinary arts. Based on the conceptual analysis for research undertaken for a pilot project…

Parent perspectives of boarding: Insights from remote Aboriginal families

  • Authors: Benveniste, Tessa, Dawson, Drew, Guenther, John, Rainbird, Sophia, King, Lorraine
  • Published: 2016

Increasingly, remote Aboriginal families are being encouraged to transition their children into boarding environments to complete secondary schooling. This comes largely from recent policy recommendations and implementation of a strategic…

Identifying strategies for promoting VET to higher education transitions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners

  • Authors: Smith, James, Pechenkina, Katya (Ekaterina), Gunstone, Andrew, Frawley, Jack
  • Published: 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Higher Education (HE) is significantly lower than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rates (Behrendt et al. 2012). National data indicates that Aboriginal and…

Understanding the aspirations of remote Aboriginal communities to pursue further education: The benefits of collaborative research

  • Authors: Smith, James, Fisher, Simon, Langdon, Jimmy, Katakrinja, Elizabeth, Shannon, Valda, Shannon, Geoffrey, Yibarbuk, Dean, Olcay, Millie, Boton, Eliani, Stewart, Allison, Moore, Terry, Larkin, Steven
  • Published: 2016

It is well documented that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are under-represented in Australian universities. This was highlighted in the Behrendt Review (2012) with a range of social, cultural,…

Pedagogical issues in designing a social and emotional learning program for Australian Indigenous youth in remote communities

  • Authors: Harper, Helen, Robinson, Gary, Franck, Linel, Gore, Cecelia
  • Published: 2016

Skills for Life' is a strengths-based social and emotional learning program that aims to promote resilience, coping and problem-solving skills for Indigenous youth in remote communities. It has a focus…

What do we know about remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement?: Implications for research and strategy development in tertiary education settings

  • Authors: Smith, James, Larkin, Steven, Yibarbuk, Dean, Olcay, Millie, Guenther, John
  • Published: 2016

Genuine community engagement is heralded as an important process when engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in discussion about education. This has been repeatedly emphasised in numerous policy documents,…

Boarding schools for remote secondary Aboriginal learners in the Northern Territory: Smooth transition or rough ride?

  • Authors: Guenther, J, Milgate, G, Perrett, B, Benveniste, T, Osborne, S, Disbray, S
  • Published: 2016

Boarding schools for remote secondary Aboriginal learners in the Northern Territory: Smooth transition or rough ride?

A theory of enhancement of professional learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in very remote communities through mobile learning

  • Author: Townsend, P
  • Publisher: University of Technology Sydney
  • Published: 2016

A theory of enhancement of professional learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pre-service teachers in very remote communities through mobile learning

The future of remote Indigenous outstations: Options for living well on country after the bulldozers come

  • Author: Parnell, M
  • Publisher: Architecture_Media_Politics_Society
  • Published: 2016

Indigenous community governance in Australia is currently undergoing a change through an emerging economically rationalist approach, as promoted by Australian Federal, State and Territory Governments. This approach characterises outstation life…

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in business education: Barriers and strategies

  • Authors: Dang, Thi Kim Anh, Vitartas, Peter, Ambrose, Kurt, Millar, Hayley
  • Published: 2016

In the current Australian higher education context, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students continue to be significantly under-represented (Behrendt, Larkin, Griew & Kelly, 2012; Pechenkina, 2015). They are particularly and…

Becoming a teacher in Central Australia: Picturing resilience through arts-based research methods

  • Authors: Beltman, Susan, Papatraianou, Lisa, Strangeways, Al
  • Published: 2016

Enhancing resilience is recognised as key to addressing teacher attrition (Johnson et al., 2016) and addressing the challenges of the profession (Beltman et al. 2015; Papatraianou, 2012). However, two significant…

Enhancing training advantage for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Wooltorton, Sandra, Bat, Melodie, Boughton, Bob, Skewes, Janet, Stephens, Anne
  • Published: 2016

Participation in vocational training is strong among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote communities. However, despite the high level of participation, completion rates for courses are very low—on…

Exploring the contribution of design to mobile technology uptake in a remote region of Australia

  • Authors: Brady, Fiona, Dyson, Laurel Evelyn
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2016

Some of the most remote communities in Australia have participated in a technological revolution since the arrival of mobile phone networks in 2003. We follow this journey in four largely…

Communicative ecologies and the value of MyFireWatch to the community of Kununurra

  • Authors: Green, Lelia, Holloway, Donell J.
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • Published: 2016

This paper is the culmination of a research project involving four fieldtrips to the remote northwestern Australia town of Kununurra. The primary purpose of the research was to engage Kununurra’s…

“I never feel like I’m doing my job properly, I never feel like I’m doing my job”: The remote school, the market, and the early-career teacher

  • Author: Stacey, Meghan
  • Published: 2016

This presentation draws on data from a larger research project investigating the relationship between marketization of schooling and the experiences of early-career teachers in their places of work. In this…

Blackfella Talk: A critical policy analysis of the Northern Territory first four hours of English

  • Author: Oldfield, Janine
  • Published: 2016

This paper presents a number of key findings in a PhD thesis that critically and qualitative investigated the 2008 Northern Territory (NT) school language education policy, 'Compulsory Teaching in English…

From concept to reality – developing new technology in remote Australia

  • Authors: Leigo, S, Phelps, D, Brennan, G, Driver, T, McLean, I
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society
  • Published: 2015

There is a need for beef businesses to regularly collect and analyse data about cattle and pasture performance, to benchmark and improve business performance, to set and adjust stocking rates,…

Collaborative approaches to achieving Aboriginal vocational education and employment outcomes in remote South Australia

  • Authors: Hodgson, Ian, Mibus, Marg, Tulloch-Hoskins, Amanda
  • Publisher: NCVER
  • Published: 2014

This paper describes a pre-employment program that combined vocational education and training (VET), a structured mentoring program, and guaranteed employment for local Aboriginal people. The result of this collaboration was…

Grazing behaviour of Dorper sheep and farmed goats and their implications for natural resource management in western NSW

  • Authors: Alemseged, Y, Hacker, RB, Toole, ID, Smith, WJ, Waters, CM, Melville, GJ
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

The introduction of exotic herbivores into the semi-arid and arid zones of Australia resulted in dramatic change in the native vegetation (e.g. Noble and Tongway 1986; Friedel et al. 1990).…

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