All posts by Karen Sinclair

Karen Sinclair is a Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia. Karen has taught in the Early Years of education and has also worked as an Early Years Project Officer. She is interested through her studies, research and work in Aboriginal Early Childhood education and pedagogical practices that engender transformative, inclusive practices for Aboriginal children. She is also undertaking her PhD in Indigenous studies. Her research investigates educators’ understandings and perspectives towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence as outlined in the Early Years Learning Framework through Q Methodology and an Indigenous methodology of Yarning through semi-structured interviews.

Developing shared understandings about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection to land

During NAIDOC week (5 to 12 July 2015) many early childhood services have acknowledged and celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. I encourage all Early Childhood Services to reflect on the week, and particularly how culture can be embedded beyond the week’s activities. I was cynically disappointed that a small minority of educational services […]

Are we honouring time to develop cultural competence?

Anne Stonehouse succinctly described cultural competence as ‘about attitudes and approaches to people than it is about facts’.  I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. I recently conducted interviews with a number of early years educators around their understandings and perspectives of cultural competence as  identified in the Early Years Learning Framework:  The journey for educators: […]

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