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Red Dirt Education e-book

Following completion of the Remote Education Systems project, the Red Dirt Education e-book, Red dirt education: a compilation of learnings from the Remote Education Systems project. is now available.

This book distils learnings from a five-year research project conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation’s Remote Education Systems team, into one volume. The book is designed for educators, policy advisors, teacher educators and remote community members. Not only does it share what the project found, but it has several practical applications. Most importantly it tells the story of remote Aboriginal community members who want the very best out of education for their children—those who are grounded in the ‘red dirt’. It is a resource that we hope will be used for years to come. The book sheds light on the failures of the past, but offers solutions that will hopefully prevent the same failures from happening in the future. Download it here (file size is >500MB)

Red Dirt Lecture series

The Red Dirt Lecture series presents findings from the Remote Education Systems project on 11 topics. Lecture notes,

Lecture and topic



Other resources

1 What is education for in remote schools?

2 The advantaged and disadvantaged of remote schools

3 Complexity and chaos in remote education

4 Workforce development for remote schools

5 Successful remote schools: what are they?

6 Teacher quality and qualities

7 Culturally and contextually responsive schools


8 Red Dirt Curriculum and the Australian Curriculum: how do they line up?


9 Language teaching and learning in red dirt communities



10 Community engagement: who is engaged and what for?

11 Power and pedagogy in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education: Why families and communities matter in pursuing educational justice



Other publications on vocational and adult learning issues:

How did our desert grow? With fluoro shirts on planes lined up in rows.

Building social capital among students in preparation programs—lessons from the UTAS University Preparation Program

Engaging pre-tertiary students with low English literacy using online technologies

Training for life... in two worlds

Vocational learning in the frame of a developing identity

Unlearning what we know is true: getting more from less in remote educational research

See also the list of projects John has been involved with as a consultant.

Contact information:

Assoc Prof John Guenther

mail: PO Box 2363, Parap, Northern Territory, 0804

mobile: 0412 125 661

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