Indigenous Research PracticesDate: 11 April 2012 Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: CS801, Level 8, Clinical Services Block, Wellington Hospital, Newtown
Teaching literacy to Indigenous students based on Indigenous research practices: A Canadian study
Elizabeth Banister is a Professorial Research Fellow, School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests include adolescent sexual health education, health literacy and knowledge translation.
Indigenous students face immense educational disadvantage in mainstream schooling which leads to a number of negative consequences for them as individuals and for their communities. Therefore, the issue of teaching literacy with principles derived from research informed by Indigenous ways of knowing is of critical importance. In this presentation I review adolescent literacy learning in general and the challenges faced especially by Indigenous students in Western classrooms. I then offer general principles of Indigenous adolescent literacy learning for educators working with students of Indigenous background. I use examples drawn from my research in sexual health literacy education in Canada, specifically with Indigenous adolescent girls.