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ECIER research seminars begin

Thursday, 09 August 2012

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Seminar -  'The achievement of Indigenous students in primary schools'

Over the past 30 years, attempts to reduce the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students have led schools to become more welcoming, flexible and focused institutions; the failure to ‘close the gap’ is counter-intuitive and raises a question about why it has been so difficult.

In 2011, Kevin O’Keefe, Harriet Olney and Max Angus asked principals, teachers and Indigenous staff and community members to explain the obstacles they had experienced when attempting to improve the academic achievement of Indigenous students; forty-four per cent of the individuals interviewed were Indigenous people. The researchers will give an overview of the findings.

Harriet Olney has managed national research studies commissioned by the Australian Primary Principals Association since 2000.

Kevin O’Keefe is a Noongar man who began teaching in 1969. Since then he has been a teacher, senior teacher, deputy principal and principal in a number of rural primary and secondary schools. As a senior system official, Kevin had portfolio responsibility for Indigenous education and training in the WA government school sector.

Date: Thursday 9 August 2012
Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm (followed by drinks)
Venue: Mt Lawley Campus ECU, room 3.207

This seminar is open to all staff and students.

Feel free to download a copy of the seminar program for the whole semester. If you have queries or need more information, please contact Jan Mitchell.

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