Red Dirt Curriculum: Reimagining Remote Education
With the nationalising of curriculum, teacher standards and measures of student literacy and numeracy achievement, the value and relative success of remote community education is framed within a homogenous, metro-centric understanding of achievement and success.
Increasing and (at times) competing system pressures and policy demands have amplified pressure to pursue educational achievement in western terms, relative to the rest of the Australian population. But is this pressure achieving the desired outcomes in academic, social and political terms, or indeed from the perspective of increasingly marginalised voices of remote communities themselves?
In this lecture, remote educators pose the question, ‘What knowledge matters for young people in the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) lands in the remote northwest corner of South Australia?’ and, ‘What would a contextualised, ‘red dirt’ curriculum look like if we were to re-imagine the core elements of a remote education?’
Sidney Myer Rural Lecture 3
Wednesday 18 September 2013
7.30pm – 9.30pm | Corkwood Room, Desert Knowledge Precinct,
Business & Innovation Centre, South Stuart Highway, Alice Springs