Translating Indigenous reciprocity into university-led arts practice and assessment

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Reciprocity as a measure of exchange and service has deep resonances for many Indigenous communities. For universities that aim to encourage student-learning processes and foster relationships with communities, Indigenous-led measures of reciprocity have been engaging and useful. For communities where student placements and activities provide skills support across areas of need to the community, it can be a tool to manage and foster the relationship. While this is often directed by industry standards and protocols, particularly across the areas of health and education, in the broad creative arts the boundaries are blurred between learner, artist, community-member, expert practitioner and service provider.

This chapter challenges a framing of community solely as recipient and university as informed provider of services, by highlighting where reciprocity can assist in developing meaningful and enduring relationships not just between the institutions, but also for individuals engaged in the process. Translating this reciprocity into a form that universities can understand in the context of learning and assessment is then the goal of all participants and the beginning rather than a capstone end to a learning journey.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngaging First Peoples in arts-based service learning
Subtitle of host publicationtowards respectful and mutually beneficial educational practices
EditorsBrydie-Leigh Bartleet, Dawn Bennett, Anne Power, Naomi Sunderland
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319221533
ISBN (Print)9783319221526
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLandscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education
ISSN (Print)1573-4528


  • Indigenous Creativities
  • Indigenous Museums
  • reciprocity
  • Indigenous Belonging
  • Aboriginal Identity
  • Indigenous Higher Education
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • Torres Strait Islander
  • First Peoples
  • service learning
  • translating reciprocity


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