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Strategies that engage Aboriginal students

Description and discussion of strategies that engage Aboriginal students in meaningful learning in the classroom.
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Melissa Ryan

on 10 May 2010

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Engaging Aboriginal students in
meaningful learning Engaging? Charming, likable, pleasing or winning energized by their learning Joy understanding take the next step in their thinking Jones, B., Valdez, G., Nowakowski, J., & Rasmussen, C. (1994). Designing Learning and Technology for Educational Reform. Oak Brook, IL: North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. Collaborative Meaningful Learning How are Aboriginal students faring? Young Indigenous people are much less likely than young non-indigenous people to be fully engaged in study:

61% of indigenous teenagers compared to 86% of non-indigenous teenagers. Students are less likely to become engaged in full time study as they get older. 1996:
53% of Indigenous Males were engaged in fulltime study

54% of Indigenous females were engaged in fulltime study. 2006:
62% of Indigenous males were engaged in fulltime study

60% of Indigenous females were engaged in fulltime study

Gap in engagement between indigenous and non-indigenous students is the largest in remote and very remote areas. Queensland has the highest success in closing the gap with engagement, which could be due to the programs and policies they have in place. M. Long & S. North, (2009) How Young Indigenous People are Faring, Dusseldorp Skills forum, Monash University Relating the topic to something familiar Vocabulary that makes sense to the students Connection and lesson flow Links to prior knowledge Question: What examples of engaging students did you see on PEX, where teachers ensure topics were significant and could be related to prior knowledge? Current Programs in place to help with engaging students The Australian Government Quality teaching Indigneous Project (AGQTIP) Aboriginal Education and Training Policy Stronger, Smarter Leadership programme Dare to Lead A History Morals and values through the Dreaming stories Given Responsibilities Scaffolding Process just as important as outcome Question: Can these same ideas and strategies be used in a classroom? Article: Young, Black and Deadly. Lack of Student Pride:
Self
School
Aboriginality

Extremely poor attendance rates
Extremely low expectations of Behaviour and Performance

Low and decreasing enrolments Acceptance of poor behaviour and performance as social and cultural legacy CHANGE BELIEVING Expectations VISION Attendance Behaviour performance Valuing and utilising
Indigenous Staff Role models Advice A sense of Solidarity Motto School Uniform School Song Tidy-Zones An Interview with Annie & Jasmine Dont single out Equipment Don't Discriminate Encourgage Entitled to an education negative experiences can influence educational choices In the classroom Cultural recognition, acknowledgement
& support The development of
essential skills Building adequate levels of participation Question: What ways can we promote solidarity within our classrooms? Engagement for Aboriginal students involves Attendance Participation Sense of belonging Group Activity: Respond to your scenario using the discussed strategies or some of your own of how to engage Aboriginal students in meaningful learning.
www.whatworks.edu.au Scaffolding
Teacher Prep
Targets & Goals
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