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

A Case Study in Indigenous Education within the Higher Education Sector (Australia)

Lillian Holt.

Is education for Indigenous people another form of assimilation?
Is education merely about skills and qualifications?
What are the processes involved? What are some of the issues?

In this presentation, Lillian Holt, Aboriginal Australian, will speak of her experience and address some of the concerns such as environment and learning, identity, belonging and the cultural conditions of learning.

She has worked in Aboriginal education for the past thirty years and her most recent job was Director of the Centre for Indigenous Education, at the University Of Melbourne, Australia.


Lillian Holt  (Australia)
University of Melbourne Fellow
Office of the Vice-Chancellor
The University of Melbourne

Lillian Holt was appointed a University of Melbourne Fellow in 2003. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Education, University of Melbourne. She has a BA with majors in English and Journalism (University of Queensland) and an MA from the University of Northern Colorado, USA. Currently, she is enrolled in a PhD at Melbourne University. The topic is: Aboriginal Humour.

Lillian has travelled extensively, both withinin Australia and overseas and has also spoken at a diverse range of conferences, nationally and internationally.
Her substantive position before coming to take up her appointment(s) at Melbourne University, was Principal of Tauondi (pronounced Town-dee) which was an Aboriginal Community College in Port Adelaide. She worked there for sixteen years, the last seven as the first Aboriginal Principal.

Lillian’s passionate interests (as opposed to hobbies) are: People and Words! She regards her best asset to be her humour and is passionately interested in the healing of race relations in Australia.

  • cultural environments
  • Indigenous Education

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)