Indigenous Education Update archive (2013-2016)



Aboriginal students, Torres Strait Islander students, Indigenous students, Student retention, Completion rate, University students, Disadvantage, Large scale assessment, Attendance, Indigenous personnel, Researchers, Computer assisted testing


Welcome to ACER’s Indigenous Education Update – a window into the work that we undertake in research and development in Indigenous education. In this issue we share insights from a shared conversation between ACER and delegates from The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, which took place at ACER earlier in the year. Participants discussed common issues about Indigenous learners. We also celebrate the awarding of an Advance Queensland Scholarship to Troy Meston. The scholarship will allow Troy to undertake his PhD to investigate the placement of specific metric devices for Indigenous students. Dr Daniel Edwards, ACER’s Research Director in Tertiary Education, discusses the latest research about tracking Indigenous students through the higher education system and university completions. Tony Dreise shares his insights into Indigenous students, NAPLAN, and learner growth and development. This edition also takes a look at a resource for improving teaching and learning in Indigenous education, revisits research that focuses on Indigenous student absenteeism and reasons for non-attendance, and presents recent activity on Learning Ground, a portal of evidence-based research about Indigenous education. We also profile Jacynta Krakouer, one of ACER’s Indigenous Graduate Research Fellows, located in our Melbourne office. I’m sure you’ll agree that Jacynta’s story is empowering.


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