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Title: Resisting the truancy trap : indigenous media and school attendance in 'remote' Australia
Authors: Waller, Lisa
McCallum, Kerry
Gorringe, Scott
Keywords: Indigenous peoples -- Education -- Australia
School attendance -- Australia
Mass media and education -- Australia
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Waller, L., McCallum, K., & Gorringe, S. (2018). Resisting the truancy trap : indigenous media and school attendance in 'remote' Australia. Postcolonial Directions in Education, 7(2), 122-147.
Abstract: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are mobilizing a range of media forms to reveal, resist and shift what we term ‘the truancy trap’ – a simplistic, pervasive and powerful discourse of deficit about school attendance in ‘remote’ Indigenous communities that is perpetuated by mainstream media and Australian government policy. In this article, we draw upon Engoori®, an Indigenous educational intervention and research method, which provides a framework for moving institutions, organizations, communities and individuals out of deficit and into strength-based approaches. The Engoori process is activated here to surface and challenge the deficit assumptions that set the ‘truancy trap’, and as a lens for conceptualizing Indigenous media discussion, innovation and action on school attendance. The qualitative media analysis presented here reveals how a diversity of Indigenous media has been used in different ways to build a culture of inclusivity, belonging and connection; give Indigenous people a voice and reaffirm strengths in communities. The article contributes to international scholarship on Indigenous media as tools of resilience, resistance and education.
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