Monday 28 August 2017

Presenter Information

Chris Sarra, University of Canberra

Start Date

28-8-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

28-8-2017 2:15 PM

Subjects

Aboriginal students, Teaching methods, Aboriginal education, Teacher expectations of students, Teacher improvement, Leadership qualities, Leadership training, Educational research, Student engagement, Student motivation, Program evaluation

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Abstract

In 1988, Professor Sarra commenced his career as an educator. After a very personal revelation about how he as an Aboriginal student had been ‘sold short’ by schooling, he became determined to change expectations of Aboriginal children in schools throughout Australia. It was a lofty career ambition, but one he feels he has achieved: the stronger smarter approach, which he developed and now shares with an army of hardworking and courageous educators, has had success – despite the questionable efforts of education researchers with little or no insight into the profound complexities of such an undertaking. This paper will reflect on aspects of the stronger smarter journey and invite education researchers to consider how to enhance this pursuit rather than get in the way of it.

Place of Publication

Melbourne, Vic

Publisher

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Aug 28th, 1:00 PM Aug 28th, 2:15 PM

Stronger Smarter: A sustained and enduring approach to Indigenous education (whether education researchers know it or not!)

In 1988, Professor Sarra commenced his career as an educator. After a very personal revelation about how he as an Aboriginal student had been ‘sold short’ by schooling, he became determined to change expectations of Aboriginal children in schools throughout Australia. It was a lofty career ambition, but one he feels he has achieved: the stronger smarter approach, which he developed and now shares with an army of hardworking and courageous educators, has had success – despite the questionable efforts of education researchers with little or no insight into the profound complexities of such an undertaking. This paper will reflect on aspects of the stronger smarter journey and invite education researchers to consider how to enhance this pursuit rather than get in the way of it.