Dean's Keynote Series: August 2021. Conditions of Success to Enhance Aboriginal Students Academic Outcomes, with Dr Lynette Riley

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Associate Professor Lynette Riley, Program Director Indigenous Studies & Aboriginal Education, University of Sydney

In Australia reliance on research has set the path for Aboriginal education and in closing the massive gap of up to 36 months behind in learning (NSW AECG & NSW DET, 2004) for the majority of Aboriginal students; there has been an over emphasis on the problems of Aboriginal students. Hence research has tended to be from  a deficit approach.  This research in focusing on Aboriginal students who have been placed in the top 10%-25% in their NAPLAN Year 5 tests, has taken a qualitative approach and talked directly to 34 Aboriginal students, their parents, teachers, Principals and Aboriginal staff in the selected ‘7’ primary schools – 3 Metropolitan and 4 Regional. As Hattie (2003) says we need to look at success and determine what breeds this success. This research aims to provide an overview of conditions which assist to support successful academic outcomes for Aboriginal students.

Lynette Riley a Wiradjuri & Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree; is an Associate Professor, in the Sydney School of Education & Social Work, The University of Sydney; and Program Director for Indigenous Studies and Aboriginal Education.

Lynette trained as an infants/primary teacher through Armidale CAE 1975-1977. She has been a classroom teacher in primary and high school; an Aboriginal Education consultant for schools; an Aboriginal Development Manager for VET; Manager of the Dubbo TAFE Campuses; State Manager for NSW DET, Aboriginal Education; and an academic at UNE and Sydney University. Her career focus has been on improving educational delivery for Aboriginal students and educating the wider public about Aboriginal people. Where possible Lynette incorporates her own cultural practices into her teachings.

Lynette had her PhD conferred with ACU, in 2017, with her research on “Conditions of Academic Success for Aboriginal Students”. Lynette seeks to create sustainable change for Aboriginal communities, through knowledge of cultural education and competence.


FoE Deans Keynote with Indigenous Lecturer from USyd

Date and time

From: 03:30 PM Tuesday, August 17, 2021 To: 05:00 PM Tuesday, August 17, 2021