PEARLs, problems and politics: exploring findings from two teaching and learning projects in indigenous Australian studies at the university of Queensland

Mackinlay, Elizabeth and Barney, Katelyn (2014) PEARLs, problems and politics: exploring findings from two teaching and learning projects in indigenous Australian studies at the university of Queensland. Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 43 Special Issue 1: 31-41. doi:10.1017/jie.2014.5


Author Mackinlay, Elizabeth
Barney, Katelyn
Title PEARLs, problems and politics: exploring findings from two teaching and learning projects in indigenous Australian studies at the university of Queensland
Journal name Australian Journal of Indigenous Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2049-7784
1326-0111
Publication date 2014-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/jie.2014.5
Open Access Status
Volume 43
Issue Special Issue 1
Start page 31
End page 41
Total pages 11
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This article explores the implementation of PEARL (Political, Embodied, Active, and Reflective Learning) in two courses at The University of Queensland: a first-year introductory Indigenous Studies course and a second year Indigenous Education course. We draw on findings from a 2-year (2010-2011) Office for Learning and Teaching (then ALTC) funded curriculum renewal project and findings from a pilot project (2013) implementing PEARL in a compulsory Indigenous Education course for all pre-service teacher educators in primary and secondary teacher training at The University of Queensland. Drawing transformative education theory into conversation with critical pedagogy and anti-colonial/racist education, we share student data from focus groups, questionnaires and reflective journals to examine the shift in students' understanding of Indigenous issues, histories and peoples. Finally, we reflect on the ways the results hold great potential for the further implementation of PEARL into other university level courses, specifically in relation to a 'pedagogy of solidarity' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Keyword Transformative education
Indigenous Studies
PEARL
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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