Spaces of Multiplicity: Re-thinking Indigenous Perspectives in Australian Tertiary Education through Altering Teacher Beliefs and Practices

Dr J P Durix
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Commonwealth: essays and studies, 2016, 38 (2), pp. 39 - 52
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Ongoing tension between Indigenous self-determination and western educational frames of reference remains a potent force within educational debate. This paper voices some of the dilemmas of practice emergent in two Australian educators’ everyday work through exploration of some new spaces of possibility within this complex domain. Through observation and surveys with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian tertiary educators experiences, beliefs and practices about teaching Indigenous perspectives are presented. This paper invites a re-thinking of tertiary educational space, as a possible site of multiplicity that is not preoccupied with the differences of meaning between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worlds of knowledge and experience. Rather it is a space that recognises dilemmas and convergences of knowledge in relation to content and pedagogy.
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