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

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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


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

Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2010.523907
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9305 Education and Training Systems
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords ResPubID26157, Indigenous Australian education, higher education, decolonising universities, educational equity, Indigenous standpoint
Citations in Scopus 45 - View on Scopus
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