‘Over there, in the future’: The transformative agency of place-based design education in remote Aboriginal communities

‘Over there, in the future’: The transformative agency of place-based design education in remote Aboriginal communities Journal Article

International Journal of Art & Design Education

  • Author(s): Edwards-Vandenhoek, Samantha
  • Published: 2018
  • Volume: 37

Abstract: This article outlines the learning design, implementation and shared outcomes of an intensive placed-based design education programme that was delivered in a specific remote high school learning context in the Warmun Aboriginal community, East Kimberley, Western Australia. Place-based design education seeks to assist vulnerable young people in shaping their own environments and futures. A two-way learning framework that emphasised self-actualisation, co-creation and shared insights and involved learning through story-sharing and connecting content to place was adopted. This article suggests that providing students with opportunities to share and acquire Indigenous design knowledge developed their visual thinking, digital literacy, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills. Such knowledge, experience and skills build confidence and improve educational outcomes, and will directly benefit Indigenous communities in the long term.

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Edwards-Vandenhoek, Samantha, 2018, ‘Over there, in the future’: The transformative agency of place-based design education in remote Aboriginal communities, Volume:37, Journal Article, viewed 13 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14316.

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