Decolonising Pacific schools: toward an Australian culturally-responsive pedagogyOctober 04 2017
One of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal educators, UniSA Professor Lester- Irabinna Rigney, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship through a new collaboration between the University of South Australia and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London.
Professor Rigney is the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal and Contemporary Australian Studies Fellowship, which he will take up at King’s College (KCL) in 2018.
Professor Rigney gave the inaugural David Unaipon Lecture at KCL London on Monday 18 September.
His topic – Decolonizing Pacific Schools: Toward an Australian Culturally Responsive Pedagogy? – focused on poor educational outcomes for Aboriginal children and the need for new culturally responsive schools teaching methods.
Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney
Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney (School of Education, University of South Australia) has worked in Aboriginal Education for over 20 years and across the Pacific in New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. He is recognised as a national and international authority in the area of Indigenist Research Methodologies. He is an active editorial board member on several national and international Indigenous Studies journals and is in constant demand as a commentator on national and international Indigenous matters and has published widely on Education, Languages and Knowledge transmission. His 2006 co-edited book titled Sharing Spaces: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Responses to Story, Country and Rights, is an Australian text on Indigenous and non-Indigenous race relations and how this converges in the vulnerable, vital and contested space called 'education'.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College