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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Education for Personal Transformation: A Reflection on Teaching Indigenous Students

Qinjuan (Jane) Zhang.

This presentation is a reflection of the presenter's work experience of teaching Indigenous adult learners at an Indigenous Institution in Australia. By analysing the common dilemma facing the lecturers of Indigenous students and various ways of coping with the dilemma in the cross-cultural context, this paper confronts the problem of marginalisation in Indigenous education, and demonstrates an alternative way to motivate and engage learners in active learning. Through analysing an alternative approach of a subject delivery, this paper shows that critical self reflection plays an important role in adult learners' personal development and transformation. Therefore, critical self reflection should be encouraged and promoted in their learning process. This presentation will also show some evidence of how facts and skills can be learned more effectively when adults are actively engaged in a learning process.


Qinjuan (Jane) Zhang  (Australia)
Lecturer in Adult Education
School of Education and Humanities
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Jane Zhang is a lecturer in adult education at Batchelor Institute. She has worked with Indigenous adult learners for many years and has a special interest in researching factors affecting adult learning in cross-cultural contexts and alternative ways to help Indigenous students make greater achievement.

  • Indigenous education
  • Education for transformation

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)