Journal article

Towards cultural competence: Australian Indigenous content in undergraduate psychology

Rob Ranzijn, Keith Mcconnochie, Andrew Day, Wendy Nolan, Michelle Wharton

AUSTRALIAN PSYCHOLOGIST | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008

Abstract

This paper discusses the development and preliminary analysis of psychology undergraduate courses on cultural competence in relation to Indigenous Australians. The paper summarises the process that led to the formation of draft curriculum guidelines for psychology academics, including the need to critically examine the assumptions and history of Western psychology in relation to Indigenous peoples, the inclusion of non-conventional teaching and learning methods, staff and institutional support, and appropriate staff development. The paper then discusses the responses of students to one of the courses developed from these guidelines. The courses were well received by students and although the..

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