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The importance of Aboriginal education workers for decolonising and promoting culture in primary schools: an analysis of the longitudinal study of Indigenous children (LSIC)

Peacock, HT and Prehn, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0237-1513 2019 , 'The importance of Aboriginal education workers for decolonising and promoting culture in primary schools: an analysis of the longitudinal study of Indigenous children (LSIC)' , The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education , doi: 10.1017/jie.2019.13.

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Abstract

Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs) are utilised by primary and secondary schools toimprove components of success for Aboriginal students, liaise with their families and theAboriginal community and contribute to developing and promoting an Aboriginal pedagogy.Despite the challenging role of decolonising the school environment, the important workundertaken by AEWs can be misunderstood and underappreciated by the Western schoolsystem. This paper aims to measure the influence of AEWs on Aboriginal culture withinschools using quantitative data from Wave 7K Cohort of the Longitudinal Study ofIndigenous Children. Results show that there is a positive impact on Aboriginal culture within schools through having an AEW present all or some of the time. For Aboriginal children to grow up strong, employment of an AEW is important to decolonise the school environment and provide a holistic education.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Peacock, HT and Prehn, J
Keywords: Aboriginal education workers, culture
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 2049-7784
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/jie.2019.13
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