New project to improve academic achievement and experience of Indigenous students
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, November 29, 2018

A new research project led by Professor Chris Sarra at the University of Canberra, and funded with $583,199 through the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Indigenous scheme, aims to generate new knowledge about high-achieving Indigenous students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

The longitudinal study will provide evidence on success factors that are most effective in improving academic achievement and experience of Indigenous students, and inform government and Aboriginal communities in developing evidence-based policy and practice.

The project is expected to provide a unique opportunity to unveil how Indigenous students’ network characteristics formed in family, school, and community interplay with their psychological constructs in shaping their academic success longitudinally. The project will also represent a significant advancement in the global research field of Indigenous education.