Factors affecting the development of school and Indigenous community engagement: A systematic review

Kevin Lowe, Neil Harrison, Christine Tennent, John Guenther, Greg Vass, Nikki Moodie

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School systems and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have long acknowledged the levels of social, cultural and epistemic conflict that has historically existed between teachers and schools, and Aboriginal students, families and their local communities. This relationship is both symptomatic and causal of the broader and highly complex field of issues and policies found to underpin the fraught histories existing between many Aboriginal communities and schools. This systematic review of the research literature reports on findings and insights into the everyday environments of these interactions and the possibilities of Aboriginal communities being able to affect the establishment of genuine and productive interactions with schools. The review looks to focus on those factors seen to either enable or act as barriers to this process, and comment on their impact on Aboriginal communities, their students and schools’ capacity for purposeful engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-271
Number of pages19
JournalAustralian Educational Researcher
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Aboriginal education
  • Australian Indigenous education
  • Community participation
  • Indigenous community and school engagement
  • Indigenous parents
  • School and community collaboration
  • School partnerships


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