Connection and connectedness: Realizing the imperative for Indigenous Education

Gary Thomas


This paper expands upon a keynote presentation delivered at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society in November 2014. The conference theme was International, Indigenous and Multicultural Imperatives for Education. 

What is this imperative for Indigenous Education and how does it play out within learning environments?  Education for, by and with Indigenous peoples has for many years been a contested space defined by more questions than answers.  Consequently, the challenge lies in understanding the motivation for the imperative, its classification and the responsibilities contained therein.  The practice of connection and connectedness can support the conditions in which learners, educators, policy makers, researchers and communities may meet this challenge. 


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Education Imperatives, Indigenous Knowledges

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