Improving Academic Outcomes For Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islanders Essay

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Introduction Improving academic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is mired in inherited and contemporary difficulties. Because of poor policies and pedagogy, generations fear and lack confidence in the education system (Harrison and Sellwood, 2013). It is, therefore, imperative that teachers have a range of resources and strategies for adapting the curriculum to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This should include fostering pride in identity, making connections to community and land, and respecting language variation and culture. In doing so, teachers meet expectations for Australian professional teaching standards and the community. A. Inclusive practice for Indigenous students Fostering pride Teachers should foster self-worth, confidence and self-efficacy among Aboriginal students. This is important because it can help overcome intergenerational trauma (Menzies, 2013). Schools have played a significant role in creating this trauma in the past through successive bad policy and pedagogy (Harrison & Sellwood, 2016). For example, past practices included low expectations and inappropriate materials with an aim to assimilate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Harrison & Sellwood, 2016). Good pedagogy develops students based on pride and confidence and negates shame and confusion (Goodman cited in Department of education and training WA, 2007). For example, the program in Cherbourg State School aims to develop pride in Aboriginal
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