Reconstructing the deficit discourse in a multi-remote school in Far North Queensland

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Austin, Jon and Jenkins, Amelia. 2017. "Reconstructing the deficit discourse in a multi-remote school in Far North Queensland." Reynolds, William M. (ed.) Forgotten places: critical studies in rural education. New York, United States. Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 305-322
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Reconstructing the deficit discourse in a multi-remote school in Far North Queensland

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2934
Book TitleForgotten places: critical studies in rural education
AuthorsAustin, Jon (Author) and Jenkins, Amelia (Author)
EditorsReynolds, William M.
Page Range305-322
SeriesCounterpoints: Studies in Criticality
Chapter Number19
Number of Pages18
Year2017
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
ISBN9781433130700
9781433143182
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3726/b11118
Web Address (URL)https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Forgotten_Places.html?id=lMzsAQAACAAJ&redir_esc=y
Abstract

This chapter looks to explore the effect of being both physically and culturally remote in broadly social but more specifically educational terms, and to describe aspects of a more critical approach to the formal schooling of Indigenous Australian students. Illuminating ways in which Indigenous Australian people have essentially been discursively positioned as uneducable through the operation of a discourse of deficit with its current reliance on the use of standardized testing results, a (neo-)colonial strategy common to Indigenous peoples worldwide, the chapter then moves on to feature an example of alternative practices in the education of culturally remote students in a far North Queensland State [public] school. The physical remoteness of this particular school brings with it a number of advantages and opportunities for affecting a critical indigenous education, one that seeks to secure understanding, respect, and acceptance of the ways of the Other.

KeywordsAustralian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; deficit discourse; Indigenous education; standardized testing (NAPLAN); remoteness; engagement; culturally-appropriate pedagogies; multilogicality
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450299. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education not elsewhere classified
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c. Peter Lang.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Department of Education, Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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