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Improving teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education: professional development and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Ma Rhea, Z; Anderson, P J; Atkinson, B - AITSL

Document type:
Report
Abstract:

This research by Monash University examined the current and future provision of teacher professional development in the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in consideration of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, in particular Focus Areas 1.4 and 2.4, at the National Collaborative level, the State and Territory Government Systems level, and the Local level.

This review found that there is an extensive policy framework regarding the provision of education services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians but there is no evidence that these developments are guided by a rights-based, socioeconomic framework even though Australia is a signatory to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In consideration of the workforce development literature, there has been no research conducted about workforce development as applied to the Australian education system with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education but this literature serves as an important body of knowledge to shape successful policy and implementation leadership of this work of teacher professional development. [Executive Summary]

This research informed the development of resources in AITSL’s Teacher Toolkit