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The community strength model: A proposal to invest in existing Aboriginal intellectual capital

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Abstract


  • Indigenous communities have strengths and wisdom beyond Westernized culture’s recognition

    and understanding. However, there continues to be significant difference in literacy and life

    skills between Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults. In this article, I reflect on a project that

    investigated how technology could best support adult literacy learners in an Australian

    Indigenous community. The project provided insights into how local people perceive the

    concept of literacy and the significant role it plays in critical thinking and quality decision

    making. The aim of my research was to create a set of principles to support adult literacy

    learners, which could be interpreted and applied on a global level. From this project, a new

    theoretical framework—the Community Strength Model—emerged. The cyclical model serves

    as a tool to assist researchers with conceptualizing the collective process of learning within an

    Indigenous culture, where being true to Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous ways of learning

    is imperative to successful outcomes. It also provides a structure to facilitate respectful research,

    which can be adapted for Indigenous communities globally.

    Keywords: Indigenous culture; theory; synchronous technology; literacy; Indigenous

    ways of knowing

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Eady, M. J. (2016). The community strength model: A proposal to invest in existing Aboriginal intellectual capital. In Education, 22 (1), 22-41.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3722&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2720

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 22

End Page


  • 41

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Canada

Abstract


  • Indigenous communities have strengths and wisdom beyond Westernized culture’s recognition

    and understanding. However, there continues to be significant difference in literacy and life

    skills between Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults. In this article, I reflect on a project that

    investigated how technology could best support adult literacy learners in an Australian

    Indigenous community. The project provided insights into how local people perceive the

    concept of literacy and the significant role it plays in critical thinking and quality decision

    making. The aim of my research was to create a set of principles to support adult literacy

    learners, which could be interpreted and applied on a global level. From this project, a new

    theoretical framework—the Community Strength Model—emerged. The cyclical model serves

    as a tool to assist researchers with conceptualizing the collective process of learning within an

    Indigenous culture, where being true to Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous ways of learning

    is imperative to successful outcomes. It also provides a structure to facilitate respectful research,

    which can be adapted for Indigenous communities globally.

    Keywords: Indigenous culture; theory; synchronous technology; literacy; Indigenous

    ways of knowing

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Eady, M. J. (2016). The community strength model: A proposal to invest in existing Aboriginal intellectual capital. In Education, 22 (1), 22-41.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3722&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2720

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 22

End Page


  • 41

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Canada