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Technology and Development in Remote Aboriginal Communities - Technical Training for the Future

World Conference on Engineering Education for Advancing Technology: Preprints of Papers

Abstract: The introduction of industrial technologies to developing Aboriginal communities in remote parts of Australia are examined. Examples are given to illustrate the need to closely examine the appropriateness of some technologies to the lifestyle they are intended to support if self-sufficiency is a goal. It is argued that one of the reasons for the high unemployment rate, the high technology failure rate and low educational participation rate is due to the inappropriateness of the technologies and the training programmes introduced in these communities. An Aboriginal Technical Worker Feasibility study is briefly discussed before outlining a future technical training model which addresses the problems caused by the selection and use of inappropriate technologies. The model is based on the actual functions undertaken in Aboriginal communities. It seeks not to impose the traditional trade based functions of the urban Australian model thereby reinforcing Aboriginal Science and Technology. The study identified the need to provide more than technical skills for the maintenance of technologies and in conclusion highlights the need for education in technical skills as a basic ingredient for improved interaction between people and technology. The paper concludes that the findings of the ATWORK study and the philosophical framework it provides for training in community level technologies has direct relevance to programmes in Africa, Asia and the Pacific regions.

To cite this article: Walker, BW. Technology and Development in Remote Aboriginal Communities - Technical Training for the Future [online]. In: World Conference on Engineering Education for Advancing Technology (1989 : University of Sydney). World Conference on Engineering Education for Advancing Technology: Preprints of Papers. Barton, ACT: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1989: 174-178. National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia) ; no. 89/1. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=751429871648193;res=IELENG> ISBN: 0858254476. [cited 24 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Walker, BW; Source: In: World Conference on Engineering Education for Advancing Technology (1989 : University of Sydney). World Conference on Engineering Education for Advancing Technology: Preprints of Papers. Barton, ACT: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1989: 174-178. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper, Research ISBN: 0858254476 Subject: Technical education; Aboriginal Australians--Education; Appropriate technology--Social aspects; Appropriate technology; Identifier: Aboriginal Technical Worker Programme (ATWORK) Series: National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia) ; no. 89/1 Affiliation: (1) Director, Centre for Appropriate Technology, Alice Springs

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