A Place to Learn and Work: Yuendumu Learning Centre

lcj-19-coverSamantha Disbray & Ros Bauer

LCJ: Special Edition: Synthesis & Integration, 19, pp. 26-45

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Disbray, S., & Bauer, R. (2016). A Place to Learn and Work: Yuendumu Learning Centre. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Synthesis & Integration], 19, 26-45. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18793/LCJ2016.19.03.



In recent years, Community Learning Centres have emerged as a new community partnership model providing adult education in remote Indigenous communities in Australia, and in four Warlpiri Communities, funded locally by the Warlpiri Education and Training Trust. They are showing success by meeting local individual and community adult learning aspirations, and pathways to employment. This paper presents a reflective case-study of one such centre, the Warlpiri Triangle College Adult Learning Centre at Yuendumu in Central Australia. The study draws on an account of learning that is broad, diverse and situated in meaningful activity, which is responsive to the social, economic and learning needs of remote settings like Yuendumu. It draws out key elements operating at the Learning Centre in Yuendumu that allow for responsive and sustainable learning and training, with important implications for policy development in community development, education, training and employment in remote Australia. 


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