Successful transition to school for Australian Aboriginal children

Susan Dockett, Terry Mason, Bob Perry

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    Abstract

    Aboriginal people have been described as the most educationally disadvantaged group of people within Australia (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, 1995). Their participation rates at all levels of education are lower than those of non-Indigenous Australians (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1992, 1997). Many Aboriginal students continue to be affected by poverty (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, 1999) and suffer health problems, including otitis media, that adversely affect their school learning (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002). Compared with non-Indigenous Australians, Australian Aborigines have higher levels of infant mortality, more infectious diseases, and a life expectancy that is likely to be 15 to 20 years lower (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1997, 2002).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-144
    Number of pages6
    JournalChildhood Education
    Volume82
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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