Research approach

As our mission states, YuMi Deadly Centre research projects aim to enhance the learning of all students to improve their opportunities for further education, training and employment, and to equip them for lifelong learning.

YDC research projects employ decolonising research methodologies that aim to empower and benefit the researched (Smith, 1999). To this end, YDC research:

  • is based on community request
  • involves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as active participants in the research
  • is designed to be of benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • incorporates mentoring, power-sharing, and empowering outcomes methodologies such as collaborative action research, design experiments, and intervention case studies
  • operates at three levels: theory, intervention and materials, with theory-intervention providing the research and intervention-materials the service, so that the theory and materials are linked.

YDC research projects involve working with principals, teachers, teacher aides, parents and key community members, in their schools, TAFEs and communities. YDC research projects develop, trial, evaluate and refine practices that aim to enhance learning and pride in culture. For Indigenous communities, this meets the desires of elders and community leaders that their students learn the Western way but stay strong in their Indigenous culture.

YDC research projects also aim to build confidence in practical applications of learning, engaging students with higher levels of learning where possible or accelerating low-achieving students’ learning to lead to more favourable life opportunities at the end of their schooling.