Abstract: This research project investigated two questions and proposed two answers. The first question asked: how can teachers engage with Aboriginal knowledge? The proposed solution involved applying a theory of Cultural Interface to professional development activities in Aboriginal education. The second question asked: how can teachers use Aboriginal knowledge authentically and productively in schools? The proposed solution lay in the application of Aboriginal processes rather than Indigenised content. The research project seeking to answer these questions took place in schools and communities across the entire western New South Wales region between 2007 and 2009. It was approved and endorsed by NSW AECG, DET WNSW and SERAP, and conducted through James Cook University’s School of Indigenous Australian Studies. Approximately 50 teachers across a dozen western NSW schools volunteered as research participants to address the second question in May and June of 2009.
Notes: Draft Report for DET on Indigenous Research Project conducted by Tyson Yunkaporta, Aboriginal Education Consultant, in Western NSW Region Schools, 2007-2009: