“Not looking at us level”: Systemic barriers faced by Aboriginal teachers in remote communities in Central Australia

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This essay is based on doctoral research that examined the reasons behind the low number of young Aboriginal teachers currently undertaking and completing teacher education in remote communities in Central Australia. By listening to the stories of a group of fully qualified and experienced Aboriginal teachers, this doctoral research explored the complex array of barriers, as well as supports, that Aboriginal people from remote communities encounter as educators. The seven teacher participants in this research have each spent between 20 and 35 years working in their respective schools in their home communities (see map below) and have undertaken and completed the requisite study to become fully qualified teachers. The purpose of this essay is to focus exclusively on the examples of systemic barriers experienced by these teachers through the theoretical lens of race, using settler colonial theory, whiteness theory and critical race theory (CRT).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-101
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Critical Race Inquiry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • critical race theory
  • Teacher education

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