Institute for Learning Sciences & Teacher Education

Developing the Multimodal Literacy Learning of Indigenous Australian Primary Students through Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014 aims to close the gap in education outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Mainstream educational practices are based on beliefs about knowing and being that marginalise the literacy learning of Indigenous Australian students.

This research recently transferred to LSIA is developing a model for multimodal literacy learning based on Indigenous community practices with primary students from Preparatory to Year 8. The researcher is working with Indigenous elders, school leaders and teachers at an independent Indigenous school, and further developing the approach for application within the broader context of Aboriginal schools.

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  • ARC DECRA: DE140100047, Awarded, $395,000


  • 2014-2017

Current Status

  • Report-writing phase