Indigenous Education Systems on the World Stage
Charles Darwin University researcher Tracy Woodroffe is set to represent Australia at one of the largest Indigenous education conferences in the world in Canada later this year.
With teaching experience in the Northern Territory stretching back over 20 years and a PhD thesis on the way, Ms Woodroffe has a depth of knowledge in the area.
She said that the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education was an excellent way to bring the NT’s Indigenous education system to the world stage.
“It is exciting for me as an Indigenous person to have this opportunity to connect and share ideas with other Indigenous people from around the world,” Ms Woodroffe said.
“The conference will be a celebration of Indigenous education.”
Like her PhD research, Ms Woodroffe’s presentation at the conference will focus on the ways non-Indigenous educators stand to benefit from deepening their understandings of Indigenous knowledge systems and educational approaches.
“My PhD research is starting to show that non-Indigenous pre-service teachers want to make a connection with Indigenous students, but in reality it can be quite difficult,” she says.
“One way to strengthen that connection could be to gain awareness about Indigenous knowledge systems and what is respectful in different cultures.”
Ms Woodroffe lectures in Indigenous Knowledges at CDU, and will attend the conference in Toronto in July.
The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education is held triennially and over its last 30 years of running has grown to become a major international event in the Indigenous education movement. You can find out more about WIPCE 2017 here.