Training for inclusion

Publisher:
AIATSIS Research Publications
Publication Type:
Book
Citation:
2013, Information Technology and Indigenous Communities pp. 75 - 88
Issue Date:
2013
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There have been many programs initiated in Australia to train Aboriginal students for inclusion in the information technology (IT) sector. These range from Microsoft Unlimited Potential courses, which mainly focus on preparation for office work, to Online Analytical Processing games, which involve students in discovery learning about how computers function. We suggest this latter approach has much more useful ramifications for Indigenous people in terms of engaging them in employment and education. Years of research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education recommend that education in this sector should focus on practical, discovery learning with cultural and personal relevance, and stress the importance of identity within an Indigenous cultural context.
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