Professional Learning and Research

This section highlights new learning and research in the wider fields of Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Education. The Professional Learning focus of the ASA will continue to be our annual ASA Conference held at the end of each year.


Professional Learning for Teachers

ASA Teacher Professional Learning Opportunities ***UPDATE 3rd May

Applying Learning from Country to Curriculum- ENCORE SESSION NOW AVAILABLE

Friday 9th November 2018 | Sydney Harbour and Redfern Community Centre
HARBOUR CRUISE, Circular Quay: 9:30am – 11:30am
TRAVEL AND LUNCH, Train – Circular Quay to Redfern, Redfern Community Centre: 11:45pm – 12:45pm
CURRICULUM WORKSHOP, Redfern Community Centre: 12:45pm – 3:00pm
This unique TPL experience provides teachers with the opportunity to ‘Learn from Country’ with local
Aboriginal experts on Sydney Harbour, and apply this to the curriculum with experienced Aboriginal Studies
teachers & lecturers at the historically significant precinct – the Block. These new knowledges, understandings
and skills will be workshopped with reference to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cross-curriculum
priority and the NSW syllabuses. Participants will need to bring a teaching program, unit of work or assessment
task to get the most out of this experience.

Leadership in Aboriginal Education 2018  - The Epping Club – Friday 21 September 2018

In partnership with the University of Sydney, the ASA presents
‘Leadership in Aboriginal Education’ for experienced teachers and
executive preparing for higher levels of accreditation and promotion.

Master of Education – Leadership in Aboriginal Education- New Course in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at USyd REGISTER NOW

Developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ communities, the Master of Education (Leadership in Aboriginal Education) is the only degree of its kind in Australia. Designed for teachers with a lifelong commitment to social justice, equity, and culturally responsive approaches to curriculum, pedagogy, leadership and research, this blended online and face-to-face degree will prepare Aboriginal and nonAboriginal teachers for leadership roles in schools and education systems.


On Gadigal Country

Uncle Terry taking the teachers back to the life of the local clans prior to 1788 – beautiful Sydney day for it

A great day out on Clark Island, learning from Country

Learning from Gadigal country at Clark Island – what were the flora and fauna used for pre-invasion

APCS teachers with Tribal Warrior dancers, Uncle Terry and Lisa

Teachers participating in the Emu dance led by Uncle Terry and sung by Lisa

A great day out on Clark Island, learning from Country

Fish traps were used on the outside of Clark Island to trap fish for the surrounding clans as the tides receded

The Kangaroo head shaped rock formation on Clark Island


Further research can be found by visiting the ACER – Australian Council for Educational Research: Indigenous Education site.

The links below point to relevant contemporary research and learning and is updated periodically.

2012 Burgess&Cavanagh Connecting to Country – Review (for interim reports see Archives- Past Articles)

2011 Cth Gov Overcoming Indigenous Disadv – Full Report

2011 Cth Gov Overcoming Indigenous Disadv – Overview

2011 Santoro-etal Listening to and Learning from Aboriginal Teachers

2011 Mulford CTGC Teacher and Leader Quality – Impact

2010 ACER PISA Context for Achievement of Indigenous Students

2009 Hughes CIS Naplan & Success and Failures

2008 Bucksin Review of Victorias Indigenous Edn Strategies

2005 ACER Edn Outcomes Indig Students

2004 NSW DET Review of Aboriginal Education – Recommendations

2004 Mellor Corrigan ACER The Case For Change

2004 AEU Quality Educators Produce Quality Outcomes

2000 ACER PISA Comparison Indigenous Students

2000 Purdie-etal DETYA Self Identity and Outcomes