The first ACE Darwin Dinner for 2021 has been moved to a pre-dinner session with light refreshments with the theme: The myths of remote education.
There is prevailing view from the media that remote education for First Nations students, is something of a failure. Quick fixes to the failures have come and gone over the last few decades, but with Closing The Gap, the quick fixes have become more intense with a focus on improving attendance (e.g. Remote School Attendance Strategy, the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure, Truancy Officers), literacy and numeracy (e.g. Direct Instruction), as well as getting more young people into boarding schools (e.g. offering Transition Support, scholarship programs). But what does research evidence tell us about these seemingly simple solutions? Have any of them worked? And if not, what are some of the solutions that remote communities themselves are coming up with to address the problems they see with systems that seem unable to turn around declines in measures that might point to a closing of gaps? This presentation will outline a number of myths about remote education, and what the evidence tells us about programs and strategies promoted as solutions.
John Guenther is the Research Leader, Education and Training with Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. He has almost 20 years of experience working as a researcher and evaluator in education sectors across the Northern Territory. Much of his work has focused on working with First Nations people in remote communities to support their needs for evidence.
Day/Date: Wednesday 27 Janaury
Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Light refreshments will be available
Charles Darwin University
Room: Orange 2.4.07
The presentation will also be broadcast via Zoom.
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