Indigenous secondary education in the Northern Territory: Building for the future

Jeannie HERBERT, Dennis Michael MCINERNEY, Lyn FASOLI, Peter STEPHENSON, Lysbeth FORD

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This article reports on the findings of an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project, ‘Building the future for Indigenous students’, an investigation of the hopes and dreams for the future of over 1,000 secondary students, 733 of whom were Indigenous, living in very remote, remote, and urban locations in the Northern Territory. Using both quantitative and qualitative research tools, researchers sought to understand what motivated the students at school and how they studied — critical elements in successful school achievement. In this article, the analysis of Indigenous student responses to a series of questions in the qualitative component of the study is presented. The analysis concludes that urban and remote Indigenous school children provide similar responses to questions that probe: (1) the value of education/school/self, (2) learner future goals, (3) learner motivation, and (4) learning preferences. The study also finds that very remote Indigenous school children, while similar in some question responses to both groups, also show some important differences that raise questions for more research. Copyright © 2014 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-95
JournalThe Australian Journal of Indigenous Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


Herbert, J., Mclnerney, D. M., Fasoli, L., Stephenson, P., & Ford, L. (2014). Indigenous secondary education in the Northern Territory: Building for the future. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 43(2), 85-95.


  • Indigenous education
  • High school
  • Motivation


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