The MATSITI Project Research Plan will be led by senior Aboriginal academics Emeritus Professor Paul Hughes and Dr Kaye Price.
The Research Plan will identify key factors that contribute to the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people entering and remaining in teaching positions in Australian schools.
These factors are complex and extensive, including:
- aspirational and learning achievement factors, support and career counselling prior to considering a teaching career
- students’ ability to successfully achieve Year 12 completion and university entrance requirements (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank)
- universities’ approaches to attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students and adults into teaching degree programs
- education employers’ approaches to attracting and retaining qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into teaching positions in schools
- individual circumstances that contribute to or hinder study and career pathways into teaching
- factors that determine the effectiveness of incentives, support, scholarships and other programs that contribute to increased recruitment and retention of teachers.
The research will quantify the impact of these factors and recommend evidence-based strategies to increase teacher numbers and capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait teachers in schools.
The research will also identify the work being currently undertaken across all Australian school jurisdictions and university schools of education, identify gaps in current policy and practice, and determine future priority initiatives that will help deliver against the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy objectives in relation to teachers.