Yarning up Aboriginal pedagogies: A dialogue about eight Aboriginal ways of learning

Tyson Yunkaporta, Melissa Kirby

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Much has been said about the inappropriateness of state and national 'one-size-fits-all' Indigenous education policies, because such universal dogmas belie diversity and difference in specific cultural ways of knowing and their embedded means of communicating and acquiring knowledge and skills. Similarly, many contributors have drawn attention to the absence or lack of research into the range, resilience and impact of Indigenous cognitive processes on the one hand, and the colonisation histories on the other, of student communities. The most commonly expressed underlying issue is that Indigenous students are in one way or another expected to leave their culture at the school gate, only to be revisited either when they are learning 'about' themselves, or when school communities are trying to deal with problems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwo way teaching and learning
Subtitle of host publicationToward culturally reflective and relevant education
EditorsNola Purdie, Gina Milgate, Hannah Rachel Bell
Place of PublicationVictoria, Australia
PublisherACER Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781742860183
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Indigenous Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Learning and teaching

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