Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Qualitative and quantitative research methods


11 October 2017

Often research in Aboriginal Education is from a deficit approach, concentrating on the problems in education for Aboriginal students. In this presentation senior lecturer Lynette Riley explains how her doctoral-thesis research focused instead on Aboriginal students from three metropolitan and four regional primary schools who had placed in the top 10–25 per cent of all students who sat the Year 5 NAPLAN test. The research took a qualitative approach and talked directly to 35 Aboriginal students, their parents, teachers, school principals and Aboriginal staff. Its findings demonstrate:

  • how cooperation between stakeholders can ensure successful educational outcomes
    for Aboriginal students
  • provide an overview of conditions that support successful academic outcomes
    for Aboriginal students.

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Research Student Liaison officer
    T: +61 2 9351 6268

  • More info:

  • Speaker: Lynette Riley is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree; she is a senior lecturer in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney. Lynette has completed her PhD thesis: Conditions of Academic Success for Aboriginal Students. Lynette trained initially as an infants/primary teacher through Armidale College of Advanced Education 1975-1977 and worked as a classroom teacher in primary and high schools. She has almost 40 years’ educational experience, working specifically to improve Aboriginal education and administration within primary and high schools, vocational education and training (VET), the NSW Department of Education state office and universities. She has been an Aboriginal Education consultant for schools across NSW; an Aboriginal development manager for VET across central and western NSW; manager of Dubbo TAFE; manager for Aboriginal Education within the NSW Department of Education and Training; and a senior lecturer at the universities of New England and Sydney. In these positions Lynette has supervised many projects and sat on numerous committees. She has also has been required to not only theorise about education for Aboriginal children and their communities, and interwoven interactions with non-Aboriginal people; but to actively find solutions that created sustainable change for Aboriginal programs, entwining understandings and knowledge of cultural education and competence for all people. Lynette is also an artist having presented her Kangaroo Skin Cloaks – a traditional Aboriginal art form - at several exhibitions since 2012. She lists her seven children and (to date) 10 grandchildren among her greatest accomplishments.

Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


11 October 2017

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