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Building culturally respectful learning spaces for Aboriginal children

Merlyne Cruz


This article presents the voices of Aboriginal Australians who participated in the Children, Carer, Community action research project, which aimed to identify factors for growing responsive and culturally respectful learning spaces in remote West Kimberley. Specifically, responses to two open-ended research questions, “What do you think needs to change to make things better for children in your community?” and “What do you think is important for your child to know, to learn and to do?” are explored. The article offers lessons learned related to effecting positive change in educational outcomes for Aboriginal learners in remote West Kimberley communities. The project’s findings demonstrate the broader significance of the power of collaborative learning and the will to act on the principles that communities value as well as the potency of using indigenous methodologies to effect positive change within the contexts of local groups.

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