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The MATSITI-ACDE Engagement and Success Project

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The MATSITI-ACDE Engagement and Success Project

  1. 1. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative The Engagement and Success Project Presenter: Professor Toni Downes
  2. 2. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Higher Education Contexts Guiding Principles for Developing Indigenous Cultural Competency in Australian Universities. UA, 2011. Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Behrendt, 2012. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 (Australian Gov).
  3. 3. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Embed Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in all university curricula to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understandings which form the foundations of Indigenous cultural competency. Include Indigenous cultural competency as a formal Graduate Attribute or Quality. Incorporate Indigenous Australian knowledges and perspectives into programs according to a culturally competent pedagogical framework. Train teaching staff in Indigenous pedagogy for teaching Indigenous Studies and students effectively, including developing appropriate content and learning resources, teaching strategies and assessment methods. Create reporting mechanisms and standards which provide qualityUA Report, T&L Recommendations Pg 9
  4. 4. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Aims of the Engagement and Success Project To improve the engagement and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking initial teacher education programs; and To close the gap in retention and graduation rates for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
  5. 5. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative PHASE ONE OF THE PROJECT - OUTCOMES [completed in 2012 – 2013] Research project undertaken by QUT and publication of report National forum attended by Deans/Heads of Faculties/ Schools of Education and Heads of Indigenous Higher Education Centres Institutional Action Plans Scoping Items
  6. 6. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Participation (in 2011) about 1600 Indigneous Students (2%): 600 commencing, 800 continuing, 200 graduating. ECE – 20% Primary – 50% Secondary – 30% Female – 80% School leavers – 10% (Doubled since 2007) On- Campus – 800, Off-Campus 500 ATAR Basis of Entry - <10% QUT Report, Pg s 21-29 Report into the Retention and Graduation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students enrolled in Initiation Teacher Education. QUT, 2012 (accessible at: www.acde.edu.au)
  7. 7. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Attrition and Completion rates: 68% attrition rates 36% completion rates Four themes around Retention and Graduation rates institutional structures/procedures personal, social, academic and financial support coursework mode of study QUT Report, Pg 27-36
  8. 8. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Walking points – the critical times when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are more likely to drop out: First year of study Assessment and Exams Professional Experience; Cultural safety Partnerships between Faculties and Indigenous Student Services Units QUT Report, Pg 38-44 Student Journeys
  9. 9. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Analysis of the 2013 Action Plans Developed categories of actions – Scoping items – drawing on Institutional Plans and Behrendt Report Grouped into: General Student Specific
  10. 10. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative GENERAL ITEMS Public/explicit commitment to Indigenous Reconciliation/Education Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ representation on Faculty Leadership and Governance groups and committees Standing Committees for educational issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Internal partnership with Indigenous Support/Education Units External partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, Aboriginal Education Consultation Groups, Indigenous Education Boards etc. Teacher education curriculum that includes relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content/units developed and taught in consultation/ collaboration with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff/ community External partnerships for building aspirations/capabilities
  11. 11. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative GENERAL ITEMS Public/explicit commitment to Indigenous Reconciliation/Education Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ representation on Faculty Leadership and Governance groups and committees Standing Committees for educational issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Internal partnership with Indigenous Support/Education Units External partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, Aboriginal Education Consultation Groups, Indigenous Education Boards etc. Teacher education curriculum that includes relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content/units developed and taught in consultation/ collaboration with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff/ community External partnerships for building aspirations/capabilities
  12. 12. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative STUDENT SPECIFIC ITEMS Student Experience Academic Services Academic Programs Scholarships and Prizes Employer Sponsorships/Cadetships Policies And Practices Culturally Safe Environment and Spaces
  13. 13. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative STUDENT SPECIFIC ITEMS Student Experience Academic Services Academic Programs Scholarships and Prizes Employer Sponsorships/Cadetships Policies And Practices Culturally Safe Environment and Spaces
  14. 14. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative PHASE TWO OF THE PROJECT – PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS Australian Catholic University Central Queensland University Charles Darwin University Charles Sturt University Deakin University Flinders University Griffith University James Cook University Macquarie University Murdoch University Queensland University Sunshine Coast University University of New England University of Newcastle University of NSW University of South Australia University of Southern Queensland University of Technology Sydney University of Western Sydney Wollongong University
  15. 15. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative PHASE TWO OF THE PROJECT – OBJECTIVES Engagement and partnership with Indigenous Education Units Review of Action Plans to reflect situation as at 2014 Collection of baseline data to enable review of progress against targets Identification of Effective/Best Practice Institutional Buddies Ongoing Communication F2F workshop on 17 November 2014 and in April 2015
  16. 16. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative Workshops PROPOSED STRATEGIES Analysis of the Action Plans Communication Review of Progress against targets Annual meeting and planning for next stage of institutional work.
  17. 17. More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative ANY QUESTIONS? Anne Szadura – Project Officer ACDE projectmanager@acde.edu.au

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