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‘… Both-ways is about drawing on and acknowledging skills, language, knowledge and concepts and understandings from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies. It’s about everything that makes up an Indigenous person’s identity and then finding a bridge from this position to link onto new academic and professional knowledges from within their field of discipline.’

‘Both-ways is about allowing researchers, research candidates and students to have the freedom of being who they are, not trying to pretend to be someone else or trying to conform to another system, another way of being but rather to be who they are, to be strong in their identity. Both-ways is about empowerment, to enable them to make key decisions in their lives, be it professional or personal.’ R.Ober

Further reading about Both-ways philosophy

Indigenous researchers come to Batchelor Institute as part of their life’s learning journey. They bring with them their own knowledge, language/s and culture and come as adults with previous life and education experience. They journey with the Institute and continue to journey with their home community and family, at the same time.

While they are learning at Batchelor Institute, they are building on their knowledge and skills. Students have these in both Indigenous knowledges and ways of learning; and in Western knowledges and ways of learning. Students, lecturers and support staff all journey together. Through this journey a rich and supportive teaching and learning environment is created. This learning is situated sometimes on campus, and sometimes on the community, sometimes at work. Some students do workshops at their home community; some students travel to campus for workshops. The learning at Batchelor Institute builds on learning from home and also contributes to the knowledge that students share in their home communities. For many students, this means validating their new knowledge and learning with their elders. Batchelor Institute graduates are highly skilled, bicultural leaders with a strong identity and skills in learning and problem-solving.

Ober, R & Bat, M 2007, Paper 1: Both-ways: the philosophy, Ngoonjook: a journal of Australian Indigenous issues, no.31, pges.64-86

The full article by Ober and Bat is found on the Institute’s Research Repository