Integrating ICT Into Remote Australian Indigenous Learning Contexts: Implementing Effective Pedagogy in Primary and Vocational Education
Recent studies suggest that Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) have an impact on the engagement and motivation of Indigenous students which in turn can lead to improved educational outcomes. A series of research projects are currently being conducted with Indigenous remote schools and enterprises in Northern Australia. This research builds on recent research and explores ways the integration of ICTs into learning contexts can improve outcomes for Indigenous students. The projects incorporate a series of action research projects, case studies and resources to support teachers, community members, students and education partners. Researchers and participants have explored a wide range of approaches to implementing ICT into the curriculum with particular reference to supporting literacy and numeracy development, educators’ professional development and sustainability. Although the strategies and software used vary between sites, the underlying pedagogical themes are shared across regions, schools and training programs. This paper will discuss the key issues identified in the literature analysis, outline the emerging findings of the projects and discuss the implications for stakeholders in education. Some of the resources developed will be demonstrated. The group discussion will focus on implementing the findings of the research in a range of educational contexts.
Keywords: Indigenous education and pedagogy, ICT in education, Vocational training
Assoc. Prof. Ruth Wallace
Educational Researcher, Learning Research Group