Development of an Indigenous Methodological Framework: Initiating an Indigenous Language Program in an Early Learning Centre in Regional Queensland

Project overview

The aim of this project is to develop an Indigenous Methodological Framework (IMF) that connects Country, community and Language to inform the development of an Indigenous Language program in an Early Learning Centre (ELC).

Country and community are interconnected. As educators we must ask, how do we become part of this connection? How can this connection be used by educators to embed First Nations Knowledges and perspectives into their teaching practice? The purpose of this research draws upon the experiences of Early Learning Centre educators as they explore personal and professional engagement with the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of a regional town in Central Queensland.

The project uses an Indigenous research framework methodology which represents a model of engagement based on a three-way relationship between Country, community and Schools. The Indigenous research methodologies use deep listening, yarning and storytelling. The reflections of educators are an important part of the data collected as they engage with Traditional Owners and a ‘critical friend’ to connect with Country and community.

Funding / Grants

  • Early Career Research Grant (QUT)


Australian Aboriginal educator talking to young child