Facilitating a whole-of-university approach to Indigenous curriculum development: leadership frameworks for cultural partnership

Project Information

Year Funded:2009
Grant (ex GST):$220,000
Project Status:Ongoing
Project Reference:LE9-1219
Program:Leadership for Excellence
Project Keywords:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum development, Cultural partnership, Indigenous leadership curriculum development

Lead Institution

Griffith University
Griffith University

Partner Institutions

Charles Sturt University, James Cook University, Southern Cross University

Project Team

Dr Chris Matthews (Project Leader), Associate Professor Keithia Wilson


The project aims to develop, implement and evaluate a leadership framework for a culturally appropriate and sustainable whole-of-university approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum development, based on a distributive model of leadership. The project will: (1) establish multi-level working partnerships and governance structures between local elders and communities, senior management, Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff, and students; (2) Develop the capability of cross-cultural institutional project teams to lead curriculum change in disciplinary contexts; (3) recruit and train Indigenous and non-Indigenous teams of faculty curriculum development advisers to facilitate curriculum development at a school/departmental/disciplinary level; (4) pilot and evaluate the leadership-partnership model and best practice resources by faculty curriculum development advisers; and (5) systematically evaluate, review and re-design both the leadership-partnership model and curriculum resources. Within this project, the cultural authority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is paramount. Hence, notions such as leadership and capacity building need to move beyond the bounds of Western cultural frameworks.

The information on this project's page was updated 8 April, 2011.


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