Understanding the complex work of Aboriginal Education Workers in schools

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The work of Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs) in Australian schools is complex and multifaceted, and yet it is often misunderstood, or worse, devalued. Added to this, the conditions of employment for many AEWs [are] often insecure, with minimal pay, few opportunities for career progression or meaningful professional development. Despite this there continues to be, as there have been for decades, research findings, policies and reports attesting to the invaluable role of AEWs in schools and communities. The theoretical standpoint of Nakata's (2007) 'cultural interface' is used in this...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Workforce development; Equity

Keywords: Indigenous education; Professional development; Working conditions; Professional recognition; Equal treatment; Cultural aspects

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2019

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Journal volume: 48

Journal number: 1

Journal date: August 2019

Pages: pp. 93-105

ISSN: 1326-0111, 2049-7784 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 138.186

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