Cultural impacts upon the learning processes of indigenous students in adult bridging courses

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Behjat, Nura. 2006. "Cultural impacts upon the learning processes of indigenous students in adult bridging courses." New Horizons in Education.
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Cultural impacts upon the learning processes of indigenous students in adult bridging courses

ERA Journal ID35718
Article CategoryArticle
Authors
AuthorBehjat, Nura
Journal TitleNew Horizons in Education
Number of Pages16
Year2006
Place of PublicationFlagstaff Hill, South Australia
ISSN0028-5382
Web Address (URL)http://www.wef.org.au/files/newhorizons_volume114_behjat.pdf
Abstract

The impact of cultural factors on Indigenous Australian students' learning has been the subject of debate by various educators in recent years. However, this paper analyses reflectively the experiences of a non-indigenous teacher working in an Indigenous educational environment. The paper focuses on personal observations based on a teacher's day-to-day struggle to learn how to assist Indigenous students to access knowledge and skills that they need in order to succeed in tertiary education. This small-scale exploratory research suggests that although culture has a significant impact on Indigenous children's learning, it does not exert the same effect on Indigenous adults' learning in the area of mathematics.

Keywordsindigenous students; teacher student interaction; cultural differences; universities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
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c. World Education Fellowship (Australia).

Byline AffiliationsKumbari Ngurpai Lag
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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