About the Transcultural and Indigenous Pedagogies Research Group
Transcultural pedagogies recognise that cultural knowledges and identities are not static, fixed or singular, allowing a space to explore individual and collective experiences. Transcultural pedagogies recognise cultural difference as a creative force that enables the facilitation of culturally responsive new knowledge and respectful policies and practices.
Transcultural pedagogies seek to address the needs of migrant, refugee, international students and all culturally diverse students in Australia and globally. Indigenous pedagogies focus on the cultures, histories, rights, interests, knowledges and perspectives of Indigenous peoples globally and are committed to decolonising the curriculum in all levels of education. Indigenous pedagogies explore the ways in which colonialism, neocolonialism and postcolonialism impact upon Indigenous peoples and national and state education systems.
The Transcultural and Indigenous Pedagogies Research Group will be guided by the Williams, Bunda, Claxton and MacKinnon (2017) Indigenous Knowledge global decolonisation praxis approach which is designed to promote transformative learning experiences and draws upon Indigenous Knowledge principles of respect, relationality, reciprocity and responsiveness.
Building upon the existing work of the USC Indigenous Studies Research Theme, and in close collaboration with the Dean of Indigenous Education and Engagement Professor Gary Thomas, this interdisciplinary Research Group will be led by Professor Catherine Manathunga (Education) and Associate Professor Maria Raciti (Business) who have expertise in transcultural pedagogies and Indigenous Studies respectively.
The purpose of the Transcultural and Indigenous Pedagogies Research Group would be to generate critical mass, academic excellence and community impact and engagement in transcultural and Indigenous education. In addition to continuing their own research programs, members of the Research Group will engage in several small pilot studies with a view to building towards attracting additional private and public-sector funding in the future.
The group will provide HDR students and early career researchers with a stimulating and supportive environment within which to build their collective research capacity and become a future area of research strength for USC.