Dr Tracy Woodroffe

Master of Education, Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching

Completed PhD

A Warumungu Luritja woman with years of experience in the field of education - Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. The majority of that time has been spent in the classroom teaching and in associated leadership roles. She is a lecturer who coordinates, develops and delivers teacher education units about teaching Indigenous learners and the importance of Indigenous knowledge in education.

PhD Project Title

Is it important to include Indigenous knowledge in pre-service teacher education? If so, what should be included?

Research Interests

  • Indigenous education and leadership
  • knowledge systems
  • classroom practice and assessment
  • teacher education


Professor Ruth Wallace, Principal (College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, CDU)
Associate Professor Terry Dunbar (Yaitya Purruna, University of Adelaide)
Dr Michaela Spencer (Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)

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Publications & Resources

Journal Articles

Street, C., Guenther, J., Smith, J.A., Robertson, K., Motlap, S., Ludwig, W., Gillan, K., Woodroffe, T., Ober, R. (2017). The evolution of Indigenous higher education in Northern Territory, Australia: A chronological review of policy. International Studies in Widening Participation, 4(2), 32-51.

Woodroffe, T. (2016). Indigeneity: A Skill-set for Teaching. Journal Of Australian Indigenous Issues / Special Issue - Indigenous Content In Education Symposium Refereed Conference Proceedings, 19 (1-2), 117 - 131.

Conference Papers & Presentations

Woodroffe, T. (2017) 17th International Conference on the Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, Darwin, Australia April 2017, Keynote: Featured Panel – “Indigenous Leadership in Changing Times and Changing Organizations: The Centrality of Indigenous Leadership in Advancing Schooling Outcomes in Northern Territory (NT) Remote Schools", http://organization-studies.com/about/history/2017-conference

Woodroffe, T. (2017) World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE), Toronto, Canada July 2017, Research preliminary findings – Is it important to include Indigenous knowledge in pre-service teacher education? If so, what should be included? http://www.snpolytechnic.com/wipce2017

Woodroffe, T. (2016) Creating the ideal classroom to ensure success for Indigenous students. In Changes & Challenges: The power of education to build the world to which we aspire (pp. 86-91). VIC: Australian College of Educators.

Woodroffe, T. (2016) Sydney, August. Australian College of Educators (ACE) – National Conference; Changes & Challenges. Creating the ideal classroom to ensure success for Indigenous students (PhD Background paper presentation) Slideshow presentation

Woodroffe, T. (2016) Brisbane, October. NATSIPA – Inaugural conference – From the Ground Up, Authentic Leadership Leading in the NT

Woodroffe, T. (2016) Darwin, November. CDU – Indigenous Leaders Conference. Indigenous Leadership – where?

Woodroffe, T. (2015) Adelaide, September. UniSA – Indigenous Content in Education Symposium. Aboriginality – A skill-set for Teaching. (PhD Literature review presentation)

Woodroffe, T. (2015) Darwin, November. PhD student project and progress presentation CDU HDR symposium (PDF 316KB)

Poster Presentation

Woodroffe, T. (2014). ‘Teaching’ Through Modelling How. Office of Learning & Teaching, Learning & Teaching Week poster presentation. CDU, Darwin.



Media Coverage

Radio, TV, News Paper & Web Interviews

Tracy Woodroffe


T: 89466624
E: tracy.woodroffe@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT