Exploring the Career Experiences of Indigenous Teachers: Beyond Policy and Resource Initiatives

Ninetta Santoro, Jo-Anne Reid, Cathryn McConaghy, Lee Simpson

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Abstract

In this paper we provide a contextualising account of a new four-year ARC study, Indigenous Teachers: Understanding their Professional Pathways and Career Experiences. The project has grown from our concerns about the low numbers of Indigenous teachers in schools and questions about why it is that of the few Indigenous teacher education students who graduate, many resign from teaching after short periods of time or never take up teaching positions at all.

We believe that the under representation of Indigenous teachers is due to what we are calling the 'impenetrability' of the dominant white culture of schooling, a racial imaginary that portrays the 'naturalness' of whiteness. Such an imaginary informs the everyday practices and relations of social power of Australian schooling from curriculum policy to the organisation of the school sports. Our research project is concerned with making visible the discourses of whiteness that shape the experiences and career pathways of Indigenous teachers. In this paper we draw on excerpts of data from a pilot interview with an indigenous teacher in order to begin to understand how discourses of whiteness have shaped her teaching and professional experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAARE 2004
EditorsPeter L Jeffery
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventAARE International Educational Research Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 20042 Dec 2004

Publication series

NameAARE conference proceedings
PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
ISSN (Electronic)1324-9320

Conference

ConferenceAARE International Educational Research Conference
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period28/11/042/12/04

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Santoro, N., Reid, J-A., McConaghy, C., & Simpson, L. (2004). Exploring the Career Experiences of Indigenous Teachers: Beyond Policy and Resource Initiatives. In P. L. Jeffery (Ed.), AARE 2004 (pp. 1-8). (AARE conference proceedings). Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education.
Santoro, Ninetta ; Reid, Jo-Anne ; McConaghy, Cathryn ; Simpson, Lee. / Exploring the Career Experiences of Indigenous Teachers: Beyond Policy and Resource Initiatives. AARE 2004. editor / Peter L Jeffery. Australia : Australian Association for Research in Education, 2004. pp. 1-8 (AARE conference proceedings).
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Santoro, N, Reid, J-A, McConaghy, C & Simpson, L 2004, Exploring the Career Experiences of Indigenous Teachers: Beyond Policy and Resource Initiatives. in PL Jeffery (ed.), AARE 2004. AARE conference proceedings, Australian Association for Research in Education, Australia, pp. 1-8, AARE International Educational Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 28/11/04.

Exploring the Career Experiences of Indigenous Teachers: Beyond Policy and Resource Initiatives. / Santoro, Ninetta; Reid, Jo-Anne; McConaghy, Cathryn; Simpson, Lee.

AARE 2004. ed. / Peter L Jeffery. Australia : Australian Association for Research in Education, 2004. p. 1-8 (AARE conference proceedings).

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Santoro N, Reid J-A, McConaghy C, Simpson L. Exploring the Career Experiences of Indigenous Teachers: Beyond Policy and Resource Initiatives. In Jeffery PL, editor, AARE 2004. Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education. 2004. p. 1-8. (AARE conference proceedings).