Bern Murphy

Bern Murphy

Bern Murphy

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Bern Murphy has a background in teaching and lectures in the Master of Teaching program in Social Policy, Australian Indigenous Education, and Health Issues for Young People.

She teaches in both Primary and Secondary courses and works with Teacher Candidates in schools. Her research interests focus on marginalised young people whose access to education is limited. Her research focuses in particular on how pre-service teachers learn about Indigenous education issues and ways to support and prepare pre-service teachers who are interested in working in Indigenous education both remotely and locally. Bern works on a program that offers a two week placement in remote schools in the Arnhem Land, Central Australia and rural Victoria. Having this brief experience in remote communities often helps in making informed decisions when choosing to live and work in remote places. She is undertaking a PhD that interrogates notions of ‘cultural competence’ to present alternatives to positioning Indigenous peoples as ‘Other’ in the process of recognition and acceptance of their lives, culture and history. This research is focusing on the contribution of pre-service education to this project.