This chapter systematically explores what is known about Indigenous community engagement, and how this relates to Indigenous education, and more specifically, Indigenous higher education contexts in Australia.

The authors argue that there are four key factors that can impact pathways into higher education for Indigenous students, which include ‘redefining community engagement from Indigenous standpoints’; ‘appropriately resourcing Indigenous community engagement activities’; ‘continuing to build an evidence base to learn from recent Indigenous community engagement investments’ and the need to ‘move beyond the rhetorical language used in many policy documents and frameworks.’ The authors conclude by suggesting that improvements in the quality and quantum of Indigenous community engagement work occurring in higher education in Australia will ultimately enhance opportunities for successful Indigenous pathways and transitions into university.


Smith J.A., Larkin S., Yibarbuk D., Guenther J. (2017) What Do We Know About Community Engagement in Indigenous Education Contexts and How Might This Impact on Pathways into Higher Education?. In: Frawley J., Larkin S., Smith J. (eds) Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education. Springer, Singapore.

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