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Working from Our Strengths: Indigenous Enterprise and Training in Action and Research

Wallace, Ruth, Curry, Cathy and Agar, Richard (2008). Working from Our Strengths: Indigenous Enterprise and Training in Action and Research. In: AVETRA 2008 - 11th Annual Conference, Adelaide, 3-4 April 2008.

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IRMA ID 77258317xPUB5
Author Wallace, Ruth
Curry, Cathy
Agar, Richard
Title Working from Our Strengths: Indigenous Enterprise and Training in Action and Research
Conference Name AVETRA 2008 - 11th Annual Conference
Conference Location Adelaide
Conference Dates 3-4 April 2008
Conference Publication Title AVETRA 11th Annual Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Crows Nest, NSW
Publisher AVETRA
Publication Year 2008
Volume Number Concurrent Sessions 4.1
ISBN 978-0-9805275-0-6   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 10
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Developing innovative and successful approaches to training in remote and regional contexts with Indigenous people necessitates effective partnership and the recognition of diverse knowledge systems as they relate to the worlds of work, community engagement and learning. Social partnerships catalyse and enable change in human or social policy (EU Guideline Principles 2004) Social partnerships in learning, then, are the interagency and interdisciplinary relationships that enable effective learning in different disciplines, workplaces and training sites. Social partnerships in learning frameworks are used to; examine diverse knowledge systems, develop capacity building processes and understand the underlying relationships that facilitate connections, engagement and decision making between government, non-government, enterprise, community, stakeholders and individuals (Wallace forthcoming:7). These frameworks operate at and across all levels i.e. involving individuals, organizations and learning systems. Over the past four years a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners in learning research across Northern Australia have identified many of the issues that must be addressed to improve economic and community outcomes of training and investment through enterprise development. As the issues have been widely reported, the project team are now looking to the future directions for enterprise development and training research indicated by the findings of these projects. This paper provides an overview of a series of recent projects developed around enterprise development and training. The issues project teams have explored include the recognition of diverse knowledge systems within the Recognition of Prior Learning process, the role of digital literacies in sharing knowledge and work-based learning. The paper then foreshadows the future directions of this work; addressing a range of issues such as infrastructure, funding, technology and identifying relevant skills sets. Approaches to sustainable enterprise learning and production, professional development and support of successful Indigenous and non-Indigenous teachers are also discussed. Essentially the paper focuses on the ways partnerships and relationships, rather than systems, can effect change in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.
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