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Yolngu Studies: A case study of Aboriginal community engagement

Christie, Michael J. (2008). Yolngu Studies: A case study of Aboriginal community engagement. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement,1:31-47.

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IRMA ID 81110227xPUB34
Title Yolngu Studies: A case study of Aboriginal community engagement
Author Christie, Michael J.
Journal Name Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 1
ISSN 1836-3393   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 31
End Page 47
Total Pages 17
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher University of Technology, Sydney
Field of Research 1205 - Urban and Regional Planning
1402 - Applied Economics
1607 - Social Work
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The Yolngu studies program at Charles Darwin University has been active in the teaching of Yolngu (East Arnhemland Aboriginal) languages and culture, in collaborative transdisciplinary research, and in community engagement for well over ten years. The original undergraduate teaching program was set up under the guidance of Yolngu elders. They instituted key principles for the tertiary level teaching of Yolngu languages and culture, which reflected protocols for knowledge production and representation derived from traditional culture. These principles ensured the continuation of an ongoing community engagement practice that enabled the flourishing of a collaborative research culture in which projects were negotiated; these projects remain faithful to both western academic standards, and ancestral Aboriginal practices. The paper gives details of the program, the underlying Aboriginal philosophy, and some of the research projects. The success of the whole program can be seen to derive from the co-constitutivity of community engagement, research and teaching. In 2005 the program won the Prime Minister's award for Australia's best tertiary teaching program.
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