Decolonising Pacific schools: toward an Australian culturally-responsive pedagogy

One of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal educators, UniSA Professor Lester- Irabinna Rigney, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship through a new collaboration between the University of South Australia and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London.

Professor Rigney is the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal and Contemporary Australian Studies Fellowship, which he will take up at King’s College (KCL) in 2018.

Professor Rigney gave the inaugural David Unaipon Lecture at KCL London on Monday 18 September.

His topic – Decolonizing Pacific Schools: Toward an Australian Culturally Responsive Pedagogy? – focused on poor educational outcomes for Aboriginal children and the need for new culturally responsive schools teaching methods.


   Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney (School of Education, University of South Australia) has worked in Aboriginal Education for over 20 years and across the Pacific in New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. He is recognised as a national and international authority in the area of Indigenist Research Methodologies. He is an active editorial board member on several national and international Indigenous Studies journals and is in constant demand as a commentator on national and international Indigenous matters and has published widely on Education, Languages and Knowledge transmission. His 2006 co-edited book titled Sharing Spaces: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Responses to Story, Country and Rights, is an Australian text on Indigenous and non-Indigenous race relations and how this converges in the vulnerable, vital and contested space called 'education'.