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Belinda Russon

Year of Award: 2013 Award State: New South Wales Education > General
Education > Specialised Education
To investigate culturally specific approaches to learning, and research community controlled organisational models that result in improved learning outcomes for Indigenous students - Norway, Canada, USA
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In 2013, I accepted my current position as the CEO of Tranby Aboriginal College (Tranby). As a qualified solicitor, with over 15 years’ experience in the community sector, I have always been actively involved in Aboriginal community life. I am particularly passionate about culturally specific education, human rights and social justice.

Tranby Aboriginal College is Australia’s oldest, independent Indigenous education provider, and is a function of the Co-operative for Aborigines Limited. Established in 1958, the College has been a pioneer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult education, training and social action for over 50 years.

Tranby Aboriginal College was established to provide teaching and learning facilities to adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Co-operative has always been a ‘meeting place’ for social action and has been involved in many of the struggles for social justice and Aboriginal rights since inception. Tranby Aboriginal College has been a pioneer in adult education and training and a strong advocate for Indigenous rights. It is a nationally Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides vocational training (free of charge) to Indigenous adults.

There are many ways Indigenous education outcomes can be improved for Indigenous people in Australia. The study examined how innovative and holistic approaches to support Indigenous students’ learning journey in Norway, Canada and the USA can be used to improve enrolment rates, increase student attendance, engagement, and retention of Indigenous students here in Australia. Additionally, the investigation considered ways of enhancing quality of training programs, increasing access to educational opportunities in Australia, as well as improving engagement and participation of Indigenous Australians in the voluntary and/or paid workforce, community development projects and pathways to vocational education and training and tertiary education.

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