Discomfort: The University Student and Indigenous Peoples

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Gerrett-Magee, Rebecca (2006) Discomfort: The University Student and Indigenous Peoples. The Australian Community Psychologist, 18 (1). pp. 28-32. ISSN 1320-7741


In this paper I explore some of the challenges of teaching Indigenous issues to non- Indigenous students. I speak as an Indigenous person and focus on the notion of discomfort. I suggest that the discomfort largely stems from a lack of knowledge about the history race relations, misrepresentation of Indigenous peoples, and ongoing exclusion. I suggest that students must be introduced to Australian history from an Indigenous perspective and that sovereignty should be central to this foundation.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7905
Official URL http://www.groups.psychology.org.au/ccom/publicati...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Keywords ResPubID21916. Indigenous Australian culture, Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal peoples, Australian history, university students, tertiary education, sovereignty, whiteness, discomfort, Australia
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