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I am a Gamilaroi woman from Western NSW and have been grown up on Dhawaral Country in south-west Sydney. From a critical Aboriginal perspective, my teaching and research critiques dominant practices in education and offers counter-narratives to advocate for emancipatory change in education for Indigenous students. This includes looking closely at teacher ontology and teacher education; culturally responsive schooling practices; school-community relationships; and inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in teaching and learning. My PhD research focuses on Indigenous education sovereignty - envisioning an educational future outside of colonial-controlled schooling, centred in Indigenous axiologies, ontologies and epistemologies.

Education/Academic qualification

MEd (Ed Psych), The University of New South Wales

MTeach (Primary), University of Western Sydney

BA, University of Western Sydney

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Research Outputs


Bishop, M., 2019, Bent street 3: Australian LGBTIQA + arts, writing and ideas. Jones, T. (ed.). Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan, Vol. 3. p. 193 1 p. (Bent street; no. 3).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

  • Absent teacher ontology: a literature review on the motivations and attributes of teachers

    Bishop, M. & Durksen, T., 2018, AARE Conference Proceedings 2018. Deakin ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education, (AARE conference proceedings).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstract

    Open Access
  • Disembodied experts, accountability and refusal: an autoethnography of two (ab)Original women

    Bishop, M. & Tynan, L., 2018. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


    • 3 Oral presentation

    Right Fire, Wrong Fire. Burning together with Country, evolving our culture with fire

    Den Barber (Speaker), Lauren Tynan (Speaker), Michelle Bishop (Speaker), Jeremy Walker (Speaker)
    30 Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Professional learning and culturally responsive approaches to schooling for Aboriginal students

    Michelle Bishop (Speaker), Greg Vass (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation