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Kinship Online: Engaging ‘Cultural Praxis’ in a Teaching and Learning Framework for Cultural Competence

  • Lynette Riley (a1), Deirdre Howard-Wagner (a2) and Janet Mooney (a3)

The article describes the teaching and learning framework that underpins a Kinship Online Module aimed at delivering online cross-cultural training at the university level. It is based on an existing workshop designed and presented to non-Aboriginal staff and students by Lynette Riley, a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree. In doing so, this article reflects on the pedagogical framework and adopted learning environment, and describes how the project adopts a ‘cultural praxis’ approach that combines a social constructivist, problem-based immersive learning approach with five complementary pedagogical approaches. These principles underpin the designing of a program that embeds diverse Aboriginal knowledge into this online teaching resource.

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address for correspondence: Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia. Email:
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The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
  • ISSN: 1326-0111
  • EISSN: 2049-7784
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