Supporting the learning needs of indigenous Australians in higher education: How can they be best achieved?

Michelle Trudgett*

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Indigenous Australians participate in higher education at a rate significantly less than non- Indigenous Australians. This disparity becomes increasingly evident according to the level of study undertaken, with postgraduate study revealing the greatest difference. In response to such disparity, Indigenous units were established and are now common place in Australian universities, with their roles and responsibilities varying from one unit to the next. Some units have failed to evolve from their original enclave formation existing for the sole purpose of providing personal, cultural and academic support to students, whilst other units have flourished into larger departments or schools with additional responsibilities that are inclusive of teaching and research. This paper explores the various roles attributed to Indigenous units whilst arguing the need for all units to support the learning needs of their students through a model that centres on understanding through experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-362
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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Copyright Common Ground and The Author/s. Article originally published in International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp. 351-362. This version archived on behalf of the author/s and is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission must be sought from the publisher to republish or reproduce or for any other purpose.


  • Higher education
  • Indigenous australian
  • Support


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