Raising strong, solid Koolunga: Values and beliefs about early child development among Perth's Aboriginal community

Clair Scrine, Brad Farrant, Carol Michie, Carrington Shepherd, Michael Wright

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Abstract

There is a paucity of published information about conceptions of Aboriginal child rearing and development among urban dwelling Nyoongar/Aboriginal people in Australia. We detail the unique findings from an Aboriginal early child development research project with a specific focus on the Nyoongar/Aboriginal community of Perth, Western Australia. This research significantly expands the understanding of a shared system of beliefs and values among Nyoongar people that differ in important ways from those of the broader Australian (Western) society. Consistent with the findings of research with other Aboriginal groups in Australia, and internationally, our work challenges assumptions underpinning a range of early childhood development policies and highlights the implications of cultural biases and misunderstandings among non-Aboriginal professionals in child and family services, education and other settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalChildren Australia
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

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