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Negotiating university 'equity' from Indigenous standpoints: a shaky bridge

Bunda, Tracey, Zipin, Lew and Brennan, Marie (2012) Negotiating university 'equity' from Indigenous standpoints: a shaky bridge. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16 (9). pp. 941-957. ISSN 1360-3116

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Indigenous presence in the Australian university is a relatively recent phenomenon, initially framed by policies of equity that were, and continue to be, problematic in their assumptions – what they say and don’t say – about cultural difference, justice, sovereignty and more. From the lead author’s Aboriginal standpoint, the paper analyses the repercussions of ‘equity’ thinking that have intersected with Indigenous experiences of higher education activity in Australia, covering the range of aspects of university life and work: staffing, teaching, curriculum, governance, research and community engagement. The paper critiques how dominant notions of ‘equity’ subordinate or cannibalise possibilities for what higher education could mean for Indigenous peoples; and it gestures towards what might emerge from a standpoint of Indigenous agency to re-imagine the university.

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Special Issue: Reconceptualising Inclusion in Higher Education

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID26157, Indigenous Australian education, higher education, decolonising universities, educational equity, Indigenous standpoint
Subjects: Current > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Current > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9305 Education and Training Systems
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 00:29
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 22:59
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