ACER undertakes and promotes research that focuses on key issues related to the improvement of educational outcomes for Indigenous students.
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Events from 2019

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Evaluating I2S2: An inquiry-based Indigenous science program for Years 5 to 9, Caja Gilbert

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Connecting Little J and Big Cuz with a kindergarten education program: Case study 1: Morphett Vale East Kindergarten, Kathryn Moyle

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Indigenous Early Childhood Education, school readiness and transition programs into primary school: literature review, Kathryn Moyle

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Is Little J and Big Cuz suitable for children in preschool? Case study 6: Wulagi Family Centre, Wulagi School, Kathryn Moyle

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Little J & Big Cuz: A school readiness initiative: Final report and case studies, Kathryn Moyle

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Preparing socially and emotionally for preschool with Little J and Big Cuz: Case study 2: One Tree Community Centre Yera Children's service, Kathryn Moyle

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Teachable moments: planning Early Childhood programs for Indigenous children that incorporate Little J and Big Cuz : Case study 4: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Kathryn Moyle

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Developing written language with Little J and Big Cuz : case study 5 : Saint Augustine's School, Kathryn Moyle and Kevin McRae

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Supporting social and emotional learning with Little J and Big Cuz: Case Study 3: Marion Primary School, Kathryn Moyle and Kevin McRae

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Wii-Ma-Li (light the fire): The impact of the Connected Communities Strategy on Hillvue Public School, Chris Shaw

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Miss Chen’s blog: Creating memory maps, Rebecca Vukovic

Submissions from 2018

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Celebrating the research of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Infographic: Rates of school attendance, Jo Earp

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Evidence-based approaches to school improvement: The Kimberley Schools Project, Bill Louden

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Assessment of university support services for regional and remote students on transition to university: final report, Darren Matthews, Gina Milgate, and Leyna Clarke

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The Research Files Episode 40: Indigenous perspectives on quality teaching, Dominique Russell and Brian Lewthwaite

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Miss Chen: Being a good friend, Rebecca Vukovic

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Miss Chen’s blog: Exploring the ocean in Foundation Science, Rebecca Vukovic

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Miss Chen’s blog: Learning to negotiate, Rebecca Vukovic

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Miss Chen’s blog: Literacy in the early years, Rebecca Vukovic

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Miss Chen’s blog: Making an animal track plot, Rebecca Vukovic

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Miss Chen’s blog: Recognising our fears, Rebecca Vukovic

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Miss Chen’s blog: Understanding Australia’s animals, Rebecca Vukovic

Submissions from 2017

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A positive start: Using television to support Indigenous learning, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Boarding schools and Indigenous learners in the Northern Territory, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Consumer and financial literacy for Indigenous learners, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Looking for the X factors in Indigenous early education, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Measuring Indigenous childhood development in remote Australia, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Courageous and coherent leadership required for excellent and equitable outcomes, Linda Bendikson

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Indigenous students’ beliefs about science, Lisa De Bortoli

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Knowing Growing Showing Indigenous consumer and financial literacy: Research to practice, Tony Dreise and Troy Meston

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Knowing Growing Showing literature review, Tony Dreise and Troy Meston

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The Case for Urgency: Advocating for Indigenous voice in education, Kevin P. Gillan, Suzanne Mellor, and Jacynta Krakouer

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Looking for the X-factors: Contextualised learning and young Indigenous Australian children, Karen L. Martin and Stuart Fuller

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Building empowering partnerships between schools and communities, Gina Milgate

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

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Miss Chen’s blog: Exploring living things in Year 1 Science, Rebecca Vukovic

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Miss Chen’s blog: Traditional Indigenous games in preschool, Rebecca Vukovic

Submissions from 2016

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Indigenous Education Update 5 - October 2016

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Assessment for Indigenous learners, ACER

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Engaging Indigenous education, ACER

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Boosting Indigenous school attendance, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Collaborating for culturally responsive teaching, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Little J and Big Cuz ready for school, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Revisiting the research: Indigenous student absenteeism, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Closing the gap: Indigenous students and NAPLAN, Tony Dreise

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Putting ‘place’ at the heart of Indigenous education, Tony Dreise

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Indigenous school attendance: Creating expectations that are ‘really high’ and ‘highly real’, Tony Dreise, Gina Milgate, Bill Perrett, and Troy Meston

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Aboriginal Early Childhood Education: Why attendance and true engagement are equally important, Jacynta Krakouer

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Literature Review relating to the current context and discourse surrounding Indigenous Early Childhood Education, School Readiness and Transition Programs to Primary School, Jacynta Krakouer

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My space: Improving transition to school for Indigenous children, Jacynta Krakouer

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Session G : STEM and Indigenous learners, Elizabeth McKinley

Submissions from 2015

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Indigenous Education Update 3 - October 2014

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Indigenous Education Update 4 - September 2015

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ACER Research Conference Proceedings (2015), ACER

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Indigenous research: learning together, ACER

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Completing university in a growing sector: Is equity an issue?, Daniel Edwards and Julie McMillan

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Literature review relating to the current context and discourse on Indigenous cultural awareness in the teaching space: Critical pedagogies and improving Indigenous learning outcomes through cultural responsiveness, Jacynta Krakouer

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Session C: Improving assessment for Indigenous students, Alison Quin

Submissions from 2014

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Indigenous Education Update 2 - January 2014

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Indigenous Education Update edition 2 January 2014

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Indigenous Education Update (No. 3) -- October 2014

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A way forward in improving Indigenous learning, ACER

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Remote school's first graduates, ACER

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Revisiting Indigenous primary school experiences, ACER

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Revisiting Indigenous student engagement and retention, ACER

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Supporting Indigenous educational researchers, ACER

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The post-school transitions of Indigenous learners, ACER

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Session B - Negotiating Competing Education Values: Equality, equity, quality and Indigenous rights, Peter Buckskin, Gary Thomas, and Zane Ma Rhea

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Session L - Learning, Earning and Yearning: The case for positive disruption, innovation and expansion in Indigenous education, Tony Dreise

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Unfinished business : PISA shows Indigenous youth are being left behind, Tony Dreise and Sue Thomson

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Addressing educational disadvantage, Deirdre Jackson

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Plenary 4 - Indigenous and Rural Students: Double whammy or golden opportunity? Evidence from South Australia and around the world, Petra Lietz, I Gusti Ngurah Darmawan, Lester-Irabinna Rigney, R. John Halsey, and Carol Aldous

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Snapshot: Indigenous educators in Australia, Danielle Meloney

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Defining success in remote schools, Gina Milgate

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Listening to the school community, Gina Milgate

Submissions from 2013

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Indigenous Education Update 1 - March 2013

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Indigenous student maths achievement in context, ACER

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Evaluation of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy Initiative : final report, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Reconciliation Action Plan, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Footprints in Time : Who Am I? and Renfrew Word Finding Vocabulary Test : report on wave 2 data, Sarah Buckley, Catherine Underwood, and Nola Purdie

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Making a difference : improving outcomes for Indigenous learners, Michele Lonsdale

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Creating an Effective School for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, Gina Milgate and Brian Giles-Browne

Submissions from 2012

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Review of the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage : Key Indicators report, ACER

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Starting school : a strengths‐based approach towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Stephanie Armstrong, Sarah Buckley, Michele Lonsdale, Gina Milgate, Laura Bennetts Kneebone, Louise Cook, and Fiona Skelton

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Case 6: Armidale High School, NSW - Backtrack Community Partnership, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

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Promoting teacher quality and continuity : tackling the disadvantages of remote Indigenous schools in the Northern Territory, Inga Brasche and Ingrid Harrington

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Indigenous children in Australia : health, education and optimism for the future, Zaza Lyons and Aleksandar Janca

Submissions from 2011

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Analysis of Year 12 or Certificate II attainment of Indigenous young people – Stage 1 : a report prepared for the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council, John Ainley, Sarah Buckley, Adrian Beavis, Sheldon Rothman, and Alice Tovey

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Dispelling myths: Indigenous students’ engagement with university, Christine Asmar, Susan Page, and Ali Radloff

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Final report : the Deadly Awards Nomination and Voting System Review and Research Project, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and Michele Lonsdale

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Session D - Successful post school transitions for Indigenous youth., Justin Brown and Gina Milgate

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Keynote Address 3 - Key factors influencing educational outcomes for Indigenous students and their implications for planning and practice in the NT., Jonathon Carapetis and Sven Silburn

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Session M - Reporting against the National Indigenous Reform Agreement: What have we learnt so far?, Kate Connors

Lunchtime Talkback - Indigenous Students and Large Scale Assessments such as NAPLAN: How do we make sure we get an accurate picture of what Indigenous students know?, Chris Freeman and Frances Eveleigh

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Keynote Address 1 - Educational Success: A sustainable outcome for all Indigenous students when teachers understand where the learning journey begins., Jeannie Herbert

Session H - Research-based literacy and numeracy resource for Indigenous students., Margaret James and Cath Pearn

Session G - Indigenous curriculum is out there but lacking a quality teaching base., John Lester

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Literature review relating to the current context and discourse of Indigenous tertiary education in Australia, Michele Lonsdale, Greta Rollo, Jenny Wilkinson, Ali Radloff, Stephanie Armstrong, Gina Milgate, and Jenny Trevitt

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Evaluation of the Sporting Chance Program, Michele Lonsdale, Jenny Wilkinson, Stephanie Armstrong, David McClay, Sharon Clerke, Jocelyn Cook, Kanat Wano, Robert Simons, Gina C. Milgate, Meredith Bramich, and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)