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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…

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…

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

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?

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

Commemoration, communication and dark tourism: The Cyclone Tracy exhibit at the Northern Territory museum

  • Authors: Frew, Elspeth, White, Leanne
  • Publisher: Council of Australian Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Published: 2013

This paper considers how tropical Cyclone Tracy, which struck Darwin on 24th December 1974, is interpreted for domestic and international visitors at the permanent exhibit at the Museum and Art…

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).…

Identifying and addressing sustainable pasture and grazing management options for a major economic sector – the north Australian beef industry

  • Authors: MacLeod, ND, Scanlan, JC, Pahl, LI, Whish, GL, Crowley, RA
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

Sustainable use of the northern grazing lands is a long-standing issue for management and policy, heightened by projections of increased climatic variability, uncertainty on forage supplies, vegetation complexes, and weeds…

Rehabilitating degraded frontage soils in tropical north Queensland

  • Author: Hall, TJ
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

The extensive tropical grasslands of north Queensland are grazed by beef cattle and provide a significant proportion of the water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon. Soil sediments…

Sustainable grazing management for temporal and spatial variability in north Australian rangelands – a synthesis of the latest evidence and recommendations

  • Authors: O’Reagain, P, Scanlan, J, Hunt, L, Cowley, R, Walsh, D
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
  • Published: 2013

Rainfall variability is a major challenge to sustainable grazing management in northern Australia, with management often complicated further by large, spatially heterogeneous paddocks. This paper presents the latest grazing research…

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