Opening up to local communities: final report on the implementation of the Connecting to Country Program
|Cathie Burgess and Dr Paddy (Pat) Cavanagh
|Aboriginal Studies Association Research Team
In June 2011 the AECE contracted an External Research Team (ERT) to report on the implementation of the Connecting to Country Project. The Aboriginal Studies Association was contracted as the ERT and the President and an executive member comprise the principal and assistant researchers for this project. Like all research this report is subject to some limitations. However, its preparation was based on data gathered from a wide range of sources including:
- interviews with 54 participating teachers including 6 principals from 14 participating schools (7 high schools, 6 primary schools and 1 central school) in 5 DEC regions
- an analysis of 357 individual participant evaluations of the local AECG cultural immersion programs
- interviews with 27 parents or community members
- focus group interviews with 99 Aboriginal students from the 14 schools.