Indigeneity as a foundation for patterned Northern Territory remote Aboriginal student achievement within a stratified western education system

Indigeneity as a foundation for patterned Northern Territory remote Aboriginal student achievement within a stratified western education system Thesis

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Author(s): Fry, Gary
  • Published: 2020
  • Publisher: University of Sydney
  • Volume: Doctor of Philosophy

Abstract: Over the past decade, national testing in literacy and numeracy for primary and junior secondary education reveals NT remote Aboriginal children have consistently performed at a much lower level than all other groups across Australia. This performance is situated within a broader and stratified education system, of which ongoing education reforms have failed to address. This entrenched pattern by wealth has NT remote Aboriginal students located at the bottom of this layering, underpinned by an Aboriginal racial identity as a defining characteristic. For NT remote Aboriginal families this layering is bound within a deepened embeddedness of racism, interacting with an economic ordering that has relegated NT remote Aboriginal families to a life of socially–constructed marginalisation, on their own lands. This study applies Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a primary tool of analysis, Aboriginalising its tenets to respond to the unique narrative of NT Aboriginal education. Drawing on research with remote North Australia Aboriginal principals (head teachers), Aboriginal communities and educators, critical race methodology is used to explore the intersecting roles of colonial history, ‘race’ and wealth inequality in the construction and deployment of NT remote Aboriginal education inequality. This investigation privileges the voices and Stories of Northern Territory remote Aboriginal families, strengthened through my lived Aboriginal experience of 25years employment as a teacher and senior education administrator in Northern Territory urban and remote communities. In this study, the CRT tenet of interest convergence/interest divergence is utilised alongside Indigenous CRT frameworks. Underpinning this study, a form of NT remote Aboriginal social capitalism is shown to be at the epicentre of a progressive NT remote Aboriginal education policy architecture, wrapped around Indigeneity and its existential dimensions, as a foundation to improving the pattern of NT remote Aboriginal education performance.

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Fry, Gary, 2020, Indigeneity as a foundation for patterned Northern Territory remote Aboriginal student achievement within a stratified western education system, Volume:Doctor of Philosophy, Thesis, viewed 02 July 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=19242.

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