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Australian Aboriginal Education at the Fulcrum of Forces of Change [microform] : Remote Queensland Communities / Victoria J. Baker
Bib ID 5535075
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Baker, Victoria J
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1991 
13 p. 

Schools in Australian Aboriginal communities are pulled between an educational model that stresses cultural pride and preservation and one that emphasizes uniformity of education to prepare Aboriginal students for a place in the dominant society. The tension between these objectives is seen in these case studies of schools in two remote Queensland Aboriginal communities. Lying 30 miles off the mainland, Palm Island served as an Aboriginal penal colony in the early 1900s. Community problems include high rates of violent crime, alcoholism, and family abuse; inadequate housing; and a 90% unemployment rate. Yarrabah is a remote coastal community with similar problems. Public schools in these two communities have modern facilities, and are making efforts to involve students in learning. However, teachers (virtually all white) are assigned to these schools and experience alienation and culture shock. Few stay more than the required 2 years. Community values are often at odds with academic competitiveness and success, and community and family problems have negative effects on student behavior and achievement. Common student problems are poor attendance, dropping out, low achievement, inappropriate classroom behavior, and hearing problems. St. Michael's, a private Catholic school on Palm Island, follows a different model from state schools and has a community school board, some black teachers, and black teacher aides that serve as community liaisons. The teachers are dedicated and work hard at bridging the gap between school and community. While some progress has been made in making school attractive to students, the forces militating against the success of the school are overwhelming. (SV)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (Pittsburgh, PA, March 14-17, 1991).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Aboriginal Australians.  |  Community Influence.  |  Community Problems.  |  Cultural Isolation.  |  Culture Conflict.  |  Disadvantaged Environment.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Rural Education.  |  Rural Schools.  |  School Community Relationship.  |  Isolation (Geographic)
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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