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Community Capacity Exchange

Research theme 3

Community Capacity Exchange: Our researchers seek to work with First Nations and culturally diverse communities to exchange knowledge and enhance these communities’ aspirations, research and practical skills and capacities in business, economics, history, geography, education, creative arts, languages and other areas nominated by these communities.

Projects

Our innovative, transdisciplinary research projects harness expertise at USC and beyond

2020

A scoping study of Indigenous food cultures in the Asia Pacific

Project Synopsis

The project objective is to collate the current body of knowledge around Indigenous food cultures in the Asia Pacific. The project will also align the work of the ITRC and USC with the direction of the United Nations 2021 international year of Fruits and Vegetables and Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.

The expected deliverables of the project is the Creation of a digital map/repository of Indigenous food cultures in the Asia Pacific; Organisation of a virtual workshop to illuminate current projects in related areas to coincide with the UN’s Sustainable Gastronomy Day; Solicitation of ideas and co-develop grant applications domestically or internationally and the Curation of papers towards a journal Special Issue.

Lead Organisation  USC Australia
Project Dates 2020-2021
Funding $3000 (ITRC Seed grant)
Chief Investigators

Dr Aaron Tham, USC

A/Prof Harriot Beazley, USC

Dr Vikki Schaffer, USC

2019

Promoting culturally safe learning in higher education pilot project 

Project Synopsis

The purpose of this project is to review existing frameworks for embedding First Nations’ perspectives across a variety of education providers from both national and international contexts. This study sets out to identify issues and recognise successful strategies which can be applied and extended to existing practices within USC to provide culturally relevant and respectful teaching and learning practices that enhance student learning outcomes.

The findings of this review will enable the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to advance teaching and learning to effectively embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices across USC and with the potential to expand to other societal institutions.

Lead Organisation

USC Australia

Project Dates

2019-2021

Funding

$8,000 (Transcultural and Indigenous Pedagogies Research Group seed grant and DVCA grant)

Chief Investigators

Dr Sharon Louth, USC

Dr Amy Mortimer, USC

Natalie McMaster, USC

Dr Beverly Dann, USC

Dr Tracey Sanderson, USC

Dr Rachael Dwyer, USC

2018

Students affected by complex trauma: The role of teachers’ professional agency in implementing curriculum 

Project Synopsis

The term ‘complex trauma’ describes long-term exposure to multiple traumatic events affecting aspects of a child’s development, personal relationships and identity. This research project is being undertaken as a pilot study which explores teachers’ professional agency related to curriculum and inclusion when teaching students affected by complex trauma. The purpose of this project is to investigate primary and middle school teachers’ knowledge and professional agency in history, English and HPE units in relation to students affected by complex trauma.

Lead Organisation

QUT Australia

Project Dates

2018-2019

Funding

$10,000 (QUT seed grant), $5,000 (USC seed grant)

Chief Investigators

Dr Mallihai Tambyah, QUT

Dr Tracey Sempowicz, USC.

2017

Where are the Ghundus? 

Project Synopsis

Where are the Ghundus? Is a retrospective exploration of the long-term and deep-reaching impact of an educational aspirations program, Burunga M Gambay (BMG), which was conducted in 2012 over a one year period. The longitudinal study seeks out the original participants of the project to discuss and reflect on BMG to review its long-term effectiveness on building aspirations, career pathways, sharing Indigenous knowledges and life-long learning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The aim of the project is to identify and understand how to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples meaningfully through culturally appropriate education programs.

Lead Organisation

USC Australia

Project Dates

2017-2018

Funding

$10,000 (Indigenous Services Unit)

Chief Investigators

Dr Sharon Louth, USC

Aunty Joyce Bonner, USC and Butchulla Elder

Dr Keane Wheeler, Deakin University