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Addressing systemic neglect of young Indigenous children's rights to attend school in the Northern Territory, Australia

Slee, June (2012). Addressing systemic neglect of young Indigenous children's rights to attend school in the Northern Territory, Australia. Child Abuse Review,21(2):99-113.

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ISI LOC 000301925800003
IRMA ID 82056760xPUB41
Title Addressing systemic neglect of young Indigenous children's rights to attend school in the Northern Territory, Australia
Author Slee, June
Journal Name Child Abuse Review
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 21
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0952-9136   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84858982404
Start Page 99
End Page 113
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Indigenous children in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia have the highest school non-attendance rates and the lowest literacy and numeracy outcomes in Australia. The NT Department of Health and Families classifies failure to send children to school as neglect, and as such, a form of child abuse. This paper contends that the failure to provide children with learning opportunities by a lack of insistence by authorities on attendance is a form of systemic neglect. It suggests that an educative approach is required to lead rather than coerce students into attending school, encouraging maximum participation in learning experiences that bridge cultural landscapes, and is inviting, inclusive and informed. The purpose of this paper is to recommend changes to ongoing systemic neglect of school truancy by examining models that build an Indigenous teaching staff and in so doing, integrate culturally responsive teaching with systemic support to produce a 'school attending' culture. Ethics approval for this paper has been sought and approved from the NT Catholic Education Office.
Keywords Absenteeism
Educative
Indigenous
Neglect
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/car.1166   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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