Project Title

Navigating the Cultural Interface: An insight into the experiences of academics working with pre-service teachers in Indigenous Australian Education


This research study explores the challenges academics face working in compulsory Indigenous education with regards to preparing pre-service teachers to meet the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Graduate Standard 1.4 and 2.4. These standards focus on teaching Indigenous students (1.4) and teacher skills and knowledge in relation to understanding and respecting Indigenous peoples to promote reconciliation (2.4) (AITSL, 2011; Ma Rhea, 2013). While research on teacher preparation to work competently in the Indigenous space is growing, there has been limited research on the implications of AITSL Graduate Standard 1.4 and 2.4 in university contexts. The challenges academics experience at the cultural interface (Nakata, 2007a) in preparing pre-service teachers to meet these aforementioned standards are generally absent from professional, critical discussion.


Associate Professor Liz MackinlayDr Katelyn Barney and Professor Tracey Bunda

Researcher biography

Mitch is a proud descendant of the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay. He grew up in Brisbane and studied Education at Griffith University for a number of years. Mitch completed a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Certificate in Education Studies and a Master of Education and Professional Studies Research before commencing his PhD at The University of Queensland. Mitch is passionate about teaching and learning.