Mr Antonio Mercurio
Manager, Curriculum Development, Senior Secondary Assessment
Board of South Australia
Ms Linda Clayton
Project Officer, Aboriginal Education Strategy, Senior Secondary
Assessment Board of South Australia
Imagining Themselves - Imagining Their Futures
In 1999, 46 Indigenous students completed the South Australian
Certificate of Education, a certificate signalling the completion
of upper secondary education. This figure, coming at the end
of the 20th century, while encouraging when compared to previous
years' statistics, reflects a social, political, and economic
legacy that has resulted in a handful of Indigenous students
completing secondary school education - an education that is
considered by the State as the entitlement of all, essential
for future success, and fundamental for active citizenship.
This paper analyses the thoughts, ideas, and experiences of
Indigenous students who succeeded in upper secondary education.
How do these students imagine themselves? How are they shaping
their identities? How do they imagine their futures? What might
this mean for the way we imagine ourselves? The voices of these
Indigenous students lend encouragement to a diverse society.
Antonio Mercurio, is manager of curriculum development at the
Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia (SSABSA).
His interests include the history of education, the teaching
of languages, and the changing constructions of upper secondary
Linda Clayton, is an Indigenous woman who has a commitment
to improving educational outcomes for Indigenous students. She
holds the position of Project Officer, Aboriginal Education Strategy,
30 min paper