Cultural Dimensions of Indigenous Participation in Education and Training

34 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2009

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Alfred Michael Dockery

Curtin University - School of Economics and Finance; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics; Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

Abstract

This paper develops empirical measures of Indigenous Australians’ attachment to their traditional cultures, and explores the relationship between culture and participation in VET. The findings reject the notion that Indigenous culture acts as a barrier to achievement in education and training. Rather, it appears attachment to traditional culture fosters improved education and training outcomes, and that Indigenous people access VET for cultural pursuits. However, lower access in remote areas disadvantages Indigenous Australians with stronger cultural attachment. In this sense, Indigenous persons do face a trade-off between cultural aspirations and pursuit of further education and training.

Keywords: Indigenous, culture, education, training, Australia

JEL Classification: Z10, J15, I20

Suggested Citation

Dockery, Alfred Michael, Cultural Dimensions of Indigenous Participation in Education and Training. Australian Conference of Economists (ACE09) Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1485174 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1485174

Alfred Michael Dockery (Contact Author)

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