In this paper, we present findings from an eighteen-month research project conducted in a remote community school in Western Australia. The data from this project includes documentation pertaining to the practices of educators engaging with Aboriginal Elders and children on Country. The aim of the project was to document the transformative potential of learning on Country for young Aboriginal children (4-8 years). We discuss our findings in the context of Pink Floyd’s metaphor of formal education being built and maintained as a Wall in which children are ‘just another brick’. We argue that education is an institution that produces and reproduces inequalities for Aboriginal children through conforming and colonial pedagogical practices. To support our analysis and framing of this research we draw on Habermas’ knowledge interests (1978) and MacNaughton’s curriculum positions (2003). Using this framework, we propose that transformative pedagogies necessitate the school and the community to be ‘ready, willing and able’ to engage in an approach to learning and teaching that is grounded in ‘Country’. We juxtapose the conforming pedagogies of the Wall with the transforming pedagogies represented by Pink Hill, a sacred feature of the landscape alongside the community where the research took place.
Jackson-Barrett, E. M.,
& Lee-Hammond, L.
From Pink Floyd to Pink Hill: Transforming Education From the Bricks in the Wall to the Connections of Country in Remote Aboriginal education..
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(10).