Project lead: Australian Catholic University (Queensland)
Project funding: $50,000 Round 3 2013
This project aimed to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in schools by developing culturally appropriate ICT resources on pathways to teacher education programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and community members in urban, rural and remote settings. It also aimed to address community and social impacts that restrict parental engagement, and to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make informed choices by providing clear information about support during study and a teaching career.
The project occurred over a number of stages, each with a specific milestone and key date:
- Concept development consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, teachers, parents and their communities in urban, rural and remote contexts completed – July 2014.
- Universities participation confirmed – August 2014.
- ICT resources designed and developed – December 2014.
- Resources trialled and evaluated at three sites: urban, rural and remote – June 2015.
- Resources trialled and evaluated at participating universities sites – June 2015.
- Resources adjusted as required – August 2015.
- Dissemination of Pathways resources – October 2015.
All of these stages were completed.
Under this project, communities were engaged to design a smart phone application and website. The development of the application included direct input from emerging and experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers which enhanced their IT capacity and professional development. Teacher profiles and stories featured in the promotional material.
The Indigenous Teacher Education Web provided a powerful content management backend, allowing effective updates to all devices.
Teacher Education Web App and website
MATSITI evaluation conclusions
Positive aspects of this project include the high level of consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and their involvement in developing the application and website. Also, the project has harnessed technology which is vital for effective communication with young people and people in remote locations.
The project’s final report includes recommendations for: disseminating the app to schools and guidance officers for distribution to Indigenous students; including it in tertiary admissions information; and releasing it through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander networks and key education forums.
Project contact: Professor Nereda White, Director of the Center for Indigenous Education and Research, Australian Catholic University