Title

A 'formidable challenge': Australia's quest for equity in Indigenous education

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

ACER

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Education

RAS ID

5500

Comments

This article was originally published as: Gray, J., Beresford, Q. (2008). A 'formidable challenge': Australia's quest for equity in Indigenous education. Australian Journal of Education, 52 (2). 197-223. Original article available here

Abstract

Indigenous education in Australia has been the subject of ongoing policy focus and repeated official inquiry as the nation grapples with trying to achieve equity for these students. Perspectives from recent developments in the USA and Canada highlight the similarity of- .challenges. The article employs a multidisciplinary approach to social theory to examine the underlying causes of the creation of a plateau effect of progress in this area. The article argues that the a reflection of a complex set of underlying factors, many of which are under acknowledged in educational debates. Arising from-a new governance model for Indigenous education involving both horizontal and vertical policy-making structures.