Engaging higher education students in experiences related to cultural competence can be challenging for educators in the sports and exercise science-related disciplines. However, in the last decade, a number of sporting and accrediting bodies in Australia have recognised the importance of education in this space for athletes, coaches, sport journalists and exercise professionals. One example has been the implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans by sporting associations (such as the AFL, NRL and the 2018 Commonwealth Games). An examination of the importance of cultural competence in sporting spaces provides a pertinent context for student engagement at the tertiary level in the discipline of sport and exercise science. Both of us identify as non-Indigenous individuals. However, we have both been tasked with carrying out course-related work relating to ‘cultural competence’ in sports contexts. We have been active participants in cultural experiences and immersion programmes inside and outside the university environment, and have close connections to Indigenous Australians as colleagues, research partners and friends.
|Title of host publication||Teaching aboriginal cultural competence|
|Subtitle of host publication||Authentic approaches|
|Editors||Barbara Hill, Jillene Harris, Ruth Bacchus|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2020|