Dean's Keynote Series: October 2021. Professor Martin Nakata, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education & Strategy), JCU

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Professor Martin Nakata, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education & Strategy) , Indigenous Education & Research Centre, James Cook University

Date and time: Thursday October 14th, 3:30pm - 5pm (QLD)


Prof Nakata will discuss the significance of the researcher’s standpoint in studies involving Indigenous Australians, particularly how they come to inform decisions on the choice of theory/method for a proposed study and how these decisions flow through to the design of interpretative frameworks for collecting and analysing data. He will share some recent case studies to demonstrate how careful attention to the researcher’s standpoint in the research design stages can be helpful in achieving much deeper understandings of Indigenous experiences in contemporary situations.


Prof N M Nakata is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education and Strategy at James Cook University. He is a Torres Strait Islander, holds a PhD in Education, and is recognised internationally as one of the leading Indigenous academics in Australia. He is widely published in national and international academic journals, anthologies and books on Indigenous educational matters. His research work in the higher education sector to improve outcomes for Indigenous students spans almost four decades, and he has been invited to and delivered keynote addresses on his ongoing work to professional associations in over twenty countries. His current ARC-funded study of improvements to Indigenous STEM education in schools will have bearing on the shape of Indigenous STEM education in the future.

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Date and time

From: 03:30 PM Thursday, October 14, 2021 Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:30 PM - QLD time To: 05:00 PM Thursday, October 14, 2021 Thursday, October 14, 2021 5:00 PM - QLD time