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Ngara Wumara Research Project Improving outcomes for gifted and high-ability Aboriginal students

Research Report

Rhonda Craven et al



This innovative Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage grant is co-led by the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University (IPPE, ACU) and the NSW Department of Education (DoE). This research sought to address the ongoing concern that despite a worldwide emphasis on enabling high ability students to realise their full potential, little is known about the drivers that seed success in educational outcomes and wellbeing for high ability Aboriginal students who currently underachieve, are under-identified, and are under-represented in selective settings. Additionally, the absence of evidence-based research means that there is limited knowledge of the underlying factors influencing the under-representation of Aboriginal students in selective settings. The research aimed to harness the talent of high ability Aboriginal students by capitalising on interdisciplinary theory and research, utilising a powerful multi-method design, and state-of-the-art statistics, to identify the psychosocial determinants of high ability Aboriginal students' educational outcomes and wellbeing.

Title File name/URL File type & size Date Description
Cultivating Capability: Explicating critical psychosocial drivers of educational outcomes and wellbeing for high ability Aboriginal students Final_report_Ngara_Wumara_research_project.pdf Final_report_Ngara_Wumara_research_project.pdf 1580 KB [pdf] 30-Jul-2020 Final Report