chapter  9
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Unsettling Both-ways Approaches to Learning in Remote Australian Aboriginal Early Childhood Workforce Training

ByAustralian Aboriginal Early Childhood Workforce Training Lyn Fasoli and Rebekah Farmer

The expectation to work “both-ways” challenges us every day in our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and students at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BI) in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia. We chose the incident above to illustrate one kind of teacherstudent interaction that continually unsettles and prompts us to rethink what we were doing as non-Aboriginal teachers and trainers working with remote Aboriginal people. These challenges, in turn, have led us to expand and reconceptualize our understanding of what it means to work both-ways.