MATSITI Presentation: An Identity-Centred Approach to Closing the Educational Gap

Presentation by NSW teacher Bradley Laurie  explored the magnanimous and typically understated role that identity plays in educational settings. In educational settings throughout Australia, focused identity-based pedagogies and practices are often consumed by mainstream curricula agenda and their respective Anglo-centric educational frameworks.

The presentation  illuminated the problems within such a model, focussing on how such a model inhibits the marginalised learner from achieving their scholastic potential. Through international research, a holistic, reconceptualised bi-cultural framework, which back-maps from Indigenous communities, will be proposed as the key method of redressing the educational ‘gap’ in the 21st century for Indigenous Australians.

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