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Towards a bran nue day : a discussion about the present and the past for the future

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West, Errol (1990) Towards a bran nue day : a discussion about the present and the past for the future. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Since 1974 I have, as a result of various simultaneous pressures and opportunity, enjoyed
occupying some very important roles in the arena of the politics of Aboriginal education. The
roles I have played range from being an employee of the then Education Department, Victoria,
Australia, as a member of the teaching staff of Bell Primary School (as an 'in excess' staff
member) through to teaching at Alvie Primary/Consolidated School, and from there into
Aboriginal Education Services (AES), Myer House, Melbourne, Victoria. There, in association
with individuals like Glynn Beaton, the non-Aboriginal supervisor of the service, and
Aborigines like Wendy Brabham, Minnie Read, Ambrose Golden-Brown, Alf Bamblett and
numerous others, I faced situations which drew from me every emotional response possible
regarding the plight of Aboriginal people in general, but certainly Aboriginal children and young
adults and their 'relationship' with and access to education and educational opportunity. It was
during this fervent period that my colleagues and I were the target of the Victorian Education
system's semi-aimless meanderings in firstly, the development of curricula aimed at teaching
any or all students some things about Australian Aboriginal cultures, Aboriginal people and an
issue that was especially important to us, the degree of racism which was and still is entrenched
in the resources available to teachers to undertake such curriculum development; and secondly,
though of equal urgency and cardinal importance, were issues relating to the epistemology of
education for Aboriginal children of pre-school through to at least year 12. We concentrated our
efforts in addressing the issues with absolute confidence in our views of what we 'knew' the
actual pedagogy required was, while at the same time developing personal and group expertise of
a high order to consolidate our views and remain politically and educationally unchallengeable.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Aboriginal Australians, Aboriginal Australians, Aboriginal Australians, Aboriginal Australians
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (MEd.)--Tasmanian State Institute of Technology (not submitted). Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 23:31
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:55
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