Closing the gap in school completion rates for Indigenous students

Closing the gap in school completion rates for Indigenous students

Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011

The Year 12 retention rate for Indigenous students is steadily increasing, according to a presentation to be given at the ACER Research Conference today.

Kate Connors, Senior Adviser to the COAG Reform Council, will present findings showing that between 1995 and 2009 the retention rate to Year 12 increased from 30.7 per cent to 45.4 per cent, an increase of 1.2 per cent each year. The average annual increase was 0.3 per cent for non-Indigenous students. There was exceptional improvement in NT and SA.

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Community input needed to improve Indigenous student engagement

Community input needed to improve Indigenous student engagement

Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011

A focus on engagement, attendance and retention could help improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Australian Council for Educational Research researchers Dr Sarah Buckley and Ms Stephanie Armstrong will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference today.

“We know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on average have a lower level of participation in education than non-Aboriginal Australians, but we need to know more about why,” Ms Armstrong said, speaking ahead of the conference.

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Education systems must bridge Indigenous and Western worlds

Education systems must bridge Indigenous and Western worlds

Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011

Education for Indigenous students must complement, not overwrite, Indigenous wisdom and values, a Canadian expert will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference today.

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning Professor Lorna Williams, of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, will draw parallels between the education of Indigenous peoples in Canada and Australia.

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Education key to improving Indigenous health and life expectancy

Education key to improving Indigenous health and life expectancy

Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011

Collaboration between education and health systems is necessary to break the cycle of disadvantage for many Indigenous Australians, experts will tell delegates to the Australian Council for Educational Research conference on Tuesday 9 August.

Professors Jonathan Carapetis and Sven Silburn of the Menzies School of Health Research will speak on the factors influencing educational outcomes for Indigenous students and their implications for planning and practice in the Northern Territory.

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Closing the gap not enough

Closing the gap not enough

Monday, 8 Aug 2011

Closing the current gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous student outcomes is not enough, and planning must prevent a future digital divide from developing, Adelaide University Dean of Aboriginal Education Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney will tell delegates to the ACER Research Conference today.

“Current education policy, with good cause, is firmly fixed on closing education gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. Meanwhile, however, schools which already teach 21st-century skills are moving further ahead,” Professor Rigney said, speaking ahead of the conference.

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