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Northern Institute

Pathways into teaching for First Nations students

Presenter Dr Tracy Woodroffe, Northern Institute
Contact person
Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468 E:
Location Northern Institute, Savanna Room (Casuarina Campus, Building Yellow 1, Level 2, Room 48)
Open to Public

This seminar is part of the People.Policy.Place Seminar Program 2024.


Indigenous Australian teacher holding books in regional school

Final report for the project Establishing a pathway from Secondary School VETDSS to a Bachelor of Education for First Nations students

The Australian teacher workforce needs more parity between First Nations and non-First Nations teacher numbers. This study investigated enablers and barriers to providing improved practices and pathway recommendations to participant cohorts, supporting Charles Darwin University’s strategic plan, continuing the 2016 More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative recommendations, and potentially increasing the number of Indigenous teachers. The study was conducted using a mixed-methods approach, which included online surveys and semi-structured interviews, quantitative data on student enrolment and completion, and data on existing qualification enrolment requirements. The results showed that the Vocational Education and Training Delivery for Secondary Students pathway has been underutilised to increase the number of First Nations teachers, although it has immense potential. The implications of these findings are a greater awareness of better support for First Nations students, and improved department of education and higher education processes impacting the transition between secondary and tertiary education.


Dr Tracy Woodroffe

Dr Tracy Woodroffe is a 2024 ACSES First Nations Fellow, Senior Lecturer, and Researcher with the Northern Institute. She is a local Warumungu Luritja educator with extensive teaching experience and an Early Career Researcher with a growing track record. Dr Woodroffe is the lead researcher for this two-year project. Her research experience and focus are on educational pedagogy, identity, Indigenous perspectives, and the use of Indigenous Knowledge in educational contexts. Dr Woodroffe has been a team member and lead on numerous successful research projects, including research with and within the NT Department of Education.


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Northern Institute's Savanna Room
CDU Casuarina Campus, Yellow 1, Level 2, Room 48
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