Wednesday 10 August, 2022

Voices & Visions

Voices & Visions

Voices & Visions

Aboriginal Early Childhood Education in Australia

Author(s): Karen Martin (click on the author's name for more titles)

ISBN: 9781876138493

Binding: Paperback

Size: 245 mm x 175mm

Published by: Pademelon Press

RRP $59.95

Just as our visions will be the present of some young Aboriginal children who are not yet born, these will be made real through our voices and actions right now. The question begs to be asked: ‘What kind of people do we want those children of the future to remember us as being?’

This book reflects the stories of practitioners in Aboriginal early childhood education in Australia. It is not just their stories, but a text for how Aboriginal worldviews and frameworks are incorporated in what they do. As Aboriginal people we have always had to conform to a Western schooling system, one which does not fully appreciate our knowledges. In what you are about to read there is an implied but silent script in that, ‘you listen now and let us tell you’.

From the Foreword by Jackie Huggins, Inaugural Co-Chair: Aboriginal Congress

I really liked all of the stories and all the voices and how the narra-tives wove around key learnings, highlighting the important events from the author’s points of view, how these were experienced and other things that the writer wants the reader to know: the successes, the challenges; stories of family, of country and so much more. But they are also all essentially stories about early childhood education and what it means to be a good Aboriginal educator … I have never met any of the authors personally but feel I know them after reading the stories.

Professor Maggie Walter, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership, University of Tasmania



Foreword — Dr Jackie Huggins

Part One Aboriginal Peoples and Early Childhood Education in Australia

Prologue — Karen Martin 

Aboriginal worldviews

Aboriginal knowledge frameworks and processes: Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 Aboriginal Early Childhood Education in Australia: Contexts and conditions — Karen Martin

Aboriginal Australia: Contexts and conditions

Aboriginal early childhood: Contexts and conditions

Aboriginal education contexts: Schooling

Aboriginal early childhood education: Australian contexts and local conditions

Chapter 2 The Purposes of the book — Karen Martin

Purpose 1: Closing the knowledge gap in Aboriginal early childhood education

Purpose 2: Understanding the intersection of the personal and the professional lives of Aboriginal early childhood educators

Purpose 3: Aboriginal worldview, knowledge frameworks and the written text

 Part Two Aboriginal Worldviews and Knowledges: Coming alongside the people and the stories

Chapter 3 The Welcoming: Coming alongside — Karen Martin 

Welcoming the stories to this book

Welcome to this book and to the stories              

Chapter 4 Introductions: Coming alongside the people — Karen Martin

Meet the writers

Some final words

Chapter 5 Explanations: The writers, the stories and the voices — Karen Martin

Why this book looks the way it does: learning about the style and genre

Voice and spaces: Decisions for righting and writing

Having voices and being writers

Yarns and yarning: Aboriginal knowledges and terms of reference

How to read this book

Some final words

Part Three Aboriginal Early Childhood Educators: Who are we – Where do we come from?

Chapter 6 Leadership — Sue Atkinson-Lopez, Carol Russell

Chapter 7 Beginnings Denise Proud, Ngaire Jarro, Maria Pender, Michelle Hamilton

Chapter 8 Identity Michelle Hamilton, Anne Yaloot, Ngaire Jarro

Part Four Aboriginal Early Childhood Educators: Where are we now – What does that mean?

Chapter 9 Connectedness Fran Grant, Ngaire Jarro

Chapter 10 Places — Vicki Hynam, Anne Yaloot, Denise Proud

Chapter 11 Commitment — Denise Proud, Ngaire Jarro, Maria Pender, Michelle Hamilton, Fran Grant

Part Five Aboriginal Early Childhood Education: What comes next?

Chapter 12 Passion — Michelle Hamilton; Vicki Hynam and Anne Yaloot

Chapter 13 Persistence — Fran Grant; Michelle Hamilton; Ngaire Jarro; Denise Proud

Chapter 14 Resilience — Fran Grant, Ngaire Jarro

Chapter 15 Futures — Ngaire Jarro, Fran Grant, Anne Yaloot


Aboriginal Nations, Clans and Country

Towns and Suburbs



List of Tables

Table 1 Literature by Aboriginal authors

Table 2 Recommended literature on Aboriginal Schooling

Table 3 Words and phrases recorded during the Writers’ workshop

Table 4 Similarities and differences: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and Early Childhood Community

List of Figures

Figure 1 Karen’ family: Western knowledge model

Figure 2 Karen’s family: Aboriginal knowledge model

Figure 3 Mum and Dad on their Wedding Day

Figure 4 The Jarro Family

Figure 5 Playing Bayulu way

Figure 6 Playgroup at Bayulu

Figure 7 Rodney and I at Graduation

Figure 8 Anne at her Graduation