Pedagogy, Protocols, Positioning and Place. A National Workshop on Teaching and Learning Australian Indigenous Studies

On 25 October 2013 a National Workshop on Teaching and Learning Australian Indigenous Studies was hosted by the Australian Indigenous Studies Learning and Teaching Network at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The theme of the workshop was 'Pedagogy, Protocols, Positioning and Place of Indigenous studies'  and the workshop provided the opportunity to share and present key foundational principles and models of good practice within the discipline of Australian Indigenous studies and build relationships between educators in Australian Indigenous Studies.


This sub-theme explores how Indigenous studies is taught at tertiary level. What pedagogical approaches inform teaching Indigenous studies? How is pedagogy enacted in Indigenous Australian studies at universities offering comprehensive programs in Indigenous studies? What is the role of Indigenous pedagogies in Indigenous studies? How do we enact pedagogies that promote understanding between and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians? How can we as educators in Indigenous studies develop models of good practice within the discipline? Forty delegates from universities across Australian participated in dialogue around the themes.


The politics of who teaches Indigenous studies in Australia continues to be debated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators. This sub-theme raises questions including: What is the role of non-Indigenous people in the teaching of Indigenous studies? Can collaborative teaching between Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators improve teaching practices? What cultural protocols need to be put in place in Indigenous Australian studies classrooms? How can tertiary educators affect a positive change in the relationship between Indigenous Australian peoples and other Australians?

Place and Positioning

Questions about where Indigenous studies sits within Australian tertiary institutions and how it fits within university structures are central to visibility of the discipline. What is the relationship of Indigenous studies to other disciplines? Where is Indigenous studies placed within universities? Why is Indigenous studies important? What structures are needed to support the development of Indigenous studies? How can Indigenous studies be made more visible within universities? How can student enrolments in Indigenous studies be increased? What does an Indigenous studies graduate look like?

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