Issue 13
Tuesday, 02 August 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Professor Steve Larkin launches the Online Indigenous Research Resource Centre
Professor Steve Larkin launches the Online Indigenous Research Resource Centre

New online Indigenous resource launched

By Leanne Miles

A new Online Indigenous Research Resource Centre has been launched at Charles Darwin University to assist staff and students with Indigenous related studies and research.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Steve Larkin said the resource had been developed to assist researchers, supervisors, and students with their studies that predominantly involved research with Indigenous people, their communities and issues. 

“More than 60 per cent of the research undertaken at CDU has an Indigenous focus,” Professor Larkin said. “The resources will be useful for supervisors of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, and anyone researching in this field.”

Professor Larkin said the resource had been compiled collaboratively with staff and students and included video recordings and written materials, with the resource to be expanded to include its own website over the coming months.

The Online Indigenous Research Resource Centre has been supported by a grant from the Trust Company Australia, a charitable trust which three years ago supported and funded the “Coming in from the cold: Building a racially inclusive Australian academy” project.

Professor Larkin said the ”Coming in from the cold” project aimed to create change in Australia’s tertiary education sector by displacing the centrality of the dominant academic paradigm of traditional Western approaches to research. 

“For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to succeed in higher education, tertiary education institutions must recognise that they learn in different ways,” he said.  

“This may be achieved via teaching and research techniques which embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and learning, of gathering information and reaching useful conclusions.

The project directly contributes to the CDU 10-year strategic plan Connect Discover Grow priority of supporting staff to develop cultural skills.