Aboriginal knowledge, the history classroom and the Australian university

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Musgrove, Nell and Wolfe, Naomi. (2022). Aboriginal knowledge, the history classroom and the Australian university. History of Education Review. 51(2), pp. 123-136. https://doi.org/10.1108/HER-04-2021-0010
AuthorsMusgrove, Nell and Wolfe, Naomi
Abstract

Purpose
This article considers the impact of competing knowledge structures in teaching Australian Indigenous history to undergraduate university students and the possibilities of collaborative teaching in this space.

Design/methodology/approach
The authors, one Aboriginal and one non-Aboriginal, draw on a history of collaborative teaching that stretches over more than a decade, bringing together conceptual reflective work and empirical data from a 5-year project working with Australian university students in an introductory-level Aboriginal history subject.

Findings
It argues that teaching this subject area in ways which are culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students, and which resist knowledge structures associated with colonial ways of conveying history, is not only about content but also about building learning spaces that encourage students to decolonise their relationships with Australian history.

Originality/value
This article considers collaborative approaches to knowledge transmission in the university history classroom as an act of decolonising knowledge spaces rather than as a model of reconciliation.

Keywordsindigenous knowledge; ways of knowing; Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories; teaching indigenous history; collaborative knowledge transmission
Year2022
JournalHistory of Education Review
Journal citation51 (2), pp. 123-136
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN0311-3248
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/HER-04-2021-0010
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85119676383
Page range123-136
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Online24 Nov 2021
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Accepted05 Nov 2021
Deposited23 Jun 2023
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