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Indigenous language education in remote communities

Topical Issue 11 / 2011

Abstract

This Topical Issue is based upon a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities, and has a specific focus on lessons the authors have learnt from working with Indigenous peoples in remote regions as both educators and researchers. The focus is on the role of Indigenous languages in emergent development activity in remote Australia and the out-of-school language and literacy needs of Indigenous adolescents and young adults, with a focus on the digital economy.

Keywords: Indigenous education, Indigenous languages, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous land and sea management, digital economy

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