Neil Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He started teaching in 1978, and has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in Aboriginal education, with his book Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education (Oxford) being used widely in Teacher Education Programs across Australia. His work is now focused upon research and teaching partnerships with Aboriginal communities, and to this end he is developing a pedagogy of place based in the Aboriginal countries of the Sydney basin.
Michelle Finneran is an Early Childhood Teacher who is passionate about the field of education. With over twenty years’ experience, she has been a Director and teacher in a variety of early childhood services. She has also taken her message to the wider community as a guest speaker in local primary schools, Macquarie University and at the State Library NSW.
Michelle joined Macquarie University in 2011 as Research Assistant to Neil Harrison, investigating “Darug traditional knowledge and connection to country”
She currently teaches part time in the Child Studies and Higher Education units at Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and is working towards completing a Masters of Indigenous Education through Macquarie University.
Michelle is a proud Darug woman, a descendant of the Boorooberongal Tribe (Richmond NSW) through her maternal Grandmother.
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education is easy to understand and informative. The book balances the practical, the personal and the theoretical to convey the richness of diversity that is found within Australian classrooms. Features throughout focus on building students’ confidence and understanding of the different classrooms, cultural environments and communities they will be teaching in. These include: Personal narratives provide real experience of teaching Indigenous children and explore issues that future teachers may encounter. Learning from experience vignettes from teachers working with indigenous students allow the pre-service teacher to explore the community environments they will encounter when teaching indigenous children in urban, rural and remote primary and secondary schools.