Sarah Keech

Sarah is a Lecturer at Nura Gili and a PhD Candidate with the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. Sarah’s research explores teaching and learning approaches in Indigenous Studies higher education.

Contact

Physical Address: LG 115 Balnaves Place, Electrical Engineering Building, UNSW, Kensington (G12)
Mailing Address: Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia.
Email: sarah.keech@unsw.edu.au
Phone: (+61) 2 9385 3966

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of New South Wales (2008)
  • Master of Indigenous Studies – University of New South Wales (2010)
  • PhD candidate in Education – University of New South Wales

Teaching and Course Development

Sarah coordinates two undergraduate first year courses for the Nura Gili Indigenous Studies Major. Both courses introduce students to the field of Indigenous Studies and are suitable as electives for all students across the university

ATSI 1011: Indigenous Australia

Indigenous Australia is the gateway course to the Indigenous Studies Major. In this course students will gain an understanding of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, peoples and societies. A central focus of the course is the ways in which the philosophical frameworks of Indigenous knowledge systems continue to inform contemporary Indigenous practice and shape Indigenous identities today. Taught from a range of perspectives, students will develop an understanding of social, cultural, political, economic, and ecological aspects of Indigenous Knowledge, which are key foundational elements to the Indigenous Studies Major. Taught Semester 1 only.

ATSI 1012: Aboriginal Sydney

Aboriginal Sydney introduces students to the many layers of Aboriginal history, heritage and contemporary practice that continue to shape the city. Starting from within the literature and developing knowledge of the continuing presence of Aboriginal peoples in cityscapes, this course aims to engage students with a deeper understanding of ‘place’ and ‘place-making’. Students are encouraged in their assessments to visit and write about different sites/places in Sydney throughout the course. Taught Semester 2 only.

Works
Journal articles:

Nakata, M., Nakata, V., Keech, S. & Bolt, R. (2014). Rethinking Majors in Australian Indigenous Studies. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 43, pp 8-20. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jie.2014.3.

Nakata, M., Nakata, V., Keech, S. & Bolt, R. 2012. Decolonial goals and pedagogies for Indigenous Studies. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 120-140.

Sherwood, J., Keech, S. 2011 ‘How might we create new opportunities to transform the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people? Building respect and dialogue through critical reflective teaching and learning’ Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues 14:2-3

Book chapters:

Sherwood, J. Keech, S., Keenan, T., Kelly, B. 2010 ‘Indigenous Studies: Teaching and Learning together’ in Gina C. Milgate, Nola Purdie, and Hannah Rachel Bell (eds). Two way teaching and learning : toward culturally reflective and relevant education. Melbourne, Vic: ACER Press, 2011

Conference talks:

Sherwood, J., Keech, S. 2011 ‘How might we create new opportunities to transform the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people? Building respect and dialogue through critical reflective teaching and learning’ Paper presented at the National Indigenous Policy Conference: Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Centre: November 2010.