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My research focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and pedagogy for pre-service teacher education

Harry Van Issum teaches Studies of Indigenous Australia in the School of Education and Professional studies. Harry seeks to equip pre-service teachers with the knowledge and skills required for their future careers in an environment where there is a great need for the curriculum to embrace and accommodate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies within the broader context of Australian society.

Harry’s teaching philosophy is grounded in high expectations whilst providing the tools for pre-service teachers to enable students to meet these expectations. His holistic approach to learning and teaching ensures that knowledge, responsibility, purpose and being are established through care and relationship building.

He has a deep commitment to reflection, using evaluation and the application of research design to his learning and teaching practice, effectively modelling professional teaching practice to his students. 

Mr Harry Van Issum

School of Education and Professional Studies

Lecturer in Education

Fields of Expertise

  • Aboriginal Culture and History
  • Aboriginal Education and Pedagogy
  • Cross-Cultural Competencies
  • Studies of Indigenous Australia

Speeches, Seminars and Presentations

Harry presented at the South East Queensland Regional Naidoc Awards in 2016, Theme: Songlines-educational pathways.

Industry Experience

Harry trained as a secondary school teacher and taught within the Department of Education for several years before joining Griffith University.

He was a member of the state Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Committee from 2010-2013 where he advised on policy direction for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in Queensland.

He has been involved in a number of consultancy projects working with community partners such as the Department of Education and Training to develop EATSIPS modules for pre-service teachers, the Department of Environment Community Heritage Program to work with Woppaburra traditional artefacts and stories and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on traditional custodian marine park management.

Research Expertise

Harry’s research expertise includes Aboriginal culture and history, Aboriginal education and pedagogy, and cross-cultural competencies. Research highlights include:

  • Woppaburra Sea-country Management Strategy

Year: 2013        Report for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

  • An aboriginal perspective on education – policy and practice                                                                          

Year: 2013        Book Chapter: Pedagogies to enhance learning for indigenous students: Evidence based practice.

  • Why we need Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives                                                                 

Year: 2012         Book Chapter: Place and Time: Explorations in Teaching Geography and History

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