Voices & Visions: Aboriginal early childhood education in Australia


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Just as our visions will be the present of some young Aboriginal children who are not yet born, these will be made real through our voices and actions right now. The question begs to be asked:What kind of people do we want those children of the future to remember us as being?

This book reflects the stories of practitioners in Aboriginal early childhood education in Australia. It is not just their stories, but a text for how Aboriginal worldviews and frameworks are incorporated in  what they do. As Aboriginal people we have always had to  conform to a Western schooling system, one which does not fully appreciate our knowledges. In what you are about to read there is an implied but silent script in that you listen now and let us tell you.  From the Foreword by Jackie Huggins, Inaugural Co-Chair: Aboriginal Congress


I really liked all of the stories and all the voices and how the narratives wove around key learnings, highlighting the important events from the authors' points of view, how these were experienced and other things that the writer wants the reader to know: the successes,  the challenges; stories of family, of country and so much more. But they are also all essentially stories about early childhood  education and what it means to be a good Aboriginal educator. I have never met any of the authors personally but feel I know them after reading the stories. Professor Maggie Walter, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership, University of Tasmania



Foreword Dr Jackie Huggins

Part One Aboriginal Peoples and Early Childhood Education in Australia

Prologue  Karen Martin

Aboriginal worldviews

Aboriginal knowledge frameworks and processes: Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 Aboriginal Early Childhood Education in Australia: Contexts and conditions  Karen Martin

Chapter 2 The Purposes of the book  Karen Martin

Part Two Aboriginal Worldviews and Knowledges: Coming alongside the people and the stories

Chapter 3 The Welcoming: Coming alongside Karen Martin


Chapter 4 Introductions: Coming alongside the people  Karen Martin


Chapter 5 Explanations: The writers, the stories and the voices Karen Martin



Part Three Aboriginal Early Childhood Educators: Who are we? Where do we come from?

Chapter 6 Leadership Sue Atkinson-Lopez, Carol Russell

Chapter 7 Beginnings Denise Proud, Ngaire Jarro, Maria Pender, Michelle Hamilton

Chapter 8 Identity Michelle Hamilton, Anne Yaloot, Ngaire Jarro

Part Four Aboriginal Early Childhood Educators: Where are we now? What does that mean?

Chapter 9 Connectedness Fran Grant, Ngaire Jarro

Chapter 10 Places Vicki Hynam, Anne Yaloot, Denise Proud

Chapter 11 Commitment  Denise Proud, Ngaire Jarro, Maria Pender, Michelle Hamilton, Fran Grant

Part Five Aboriginal Early Childhood Education: What comes next?

Chapter 12 Passion Michelle Hamilton; Vicki Hynam and Anne Yaloot

Chapter 13 Persistence Fran Grant; Michelle Hamilton; Ngaire Jarro; Denise Proud

Chapter 14 Resilience Fran Grant, Ngaire Jarro

Chapter 15 Futures Ngaire Jarro, Fran Grant, Anne Yaloot


Aboriginal Nations, Clans and Country

Towns and Suburbs



180 pages


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