Development Of Indigenous And Non Indigenous Students Essay
Despite the Australian government’s pledge to “close the gap”, many Indigenous students continue to struggle with their educational outcomes at school. The writing and language skills of Indigenous students in year 7 have been found to be behind their non-Indigenous peers by approximately 58 months and many Indigenous students continue to leave school prematurely (Australian Government, 2015, p. 5; Rose, 2011, p. 89). In ‘Message Stick: Strong and Smart’ (2003), Principal Chris Sarra has proven that it is possible to change these statistics and help Indigenous students to reach their full potential. The documentary provides many examples of effective strategies and useful resources for improving the outcomes and engagement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. This report aims to explain the benefits of some of these strategies and resources and how they can be successfully applied in Australian classrooms.
Improving Literacy Outcomes
Development of language is reliant on exposure to dialogue and the verbal interaction of family members with the child (Bonney, 2015). Learning to read and write is more complex, as patterns of text are organised differently to oral patterns of language. Aboriginal cultures pass on knowledge orally, therefore, children often have minimal reading experiences before commencing school. Consequently, Aboriginal students require extra support to be able to identify and comprehend patterns of written text (Rose, 2015, p. 90…