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This paper presents an overview of Aboriginal education in the state of Victoria, Australia, as a frame for the role of the Aboriginal Tertiary Support Unit (ATSU) at La Trobe University, Bendigo. At the elementary and secondary levels, Aboriginal advocacy and support are provided by the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association, which promotes Aboriginal community involvement and consultation; the Koori Education Coordination Unit, which monitors state implementation of the national Aboriginal education policy; and 56 Koori Educators, who assist schools in curriculum development. State initiatives in Aboriginal education have included a program of Aboriginal school speakers, a mentoring program in schools, an educational kit for teachers on Koori English, and the recent development of Aboriginal community schools. These "Koori Open Door Education" schools feature extensive community decision making, Aboriginal staff, culturally relevant practices, and curriculum linked to community and workplace concerns. Among aspects of Aboriginal culture that impact educational settings, the most important is communication, including verbal and nonverbal behaviors and behavior norms. Other noteworthy cultural traits include relationship with extended family, respect for adults, motivation, sharing, and aspects of self-esteem. A cultural checklist for teachers is presented. At La Trobe University, the ATSU provides academic and personal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including counseling and social support, transitional programs for high school students, and housing. Current trends in Aboriginal tertiary participation and potential future delivery options are discussed. (SV)

Descriptors: Aboriginal Australians, Community Schools, Cultural Differences, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Populations, Intercultural Communication, Social Support Groups











Author: Eltchelebi, Wadda

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8516&id=ED467401



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