School of Arts

Sara Weuffen

CRCAH doctoral candidate

Your stories, my stories, our stories: power and knowledge in discourses of Australian history education and Koorie perspectives


Sara's thesis is concerned with understanding ways in which teachers engage local Aboriginal communities for inclusive teaching and learning programs of Year Nine Australian History classes. The research is conducted in two regional locations in Victoria. In the thesis Sara examines and discusses stories told by Aboriginal peoples within these locations; ways in which they view Australian history and ways in which their voices and perspectives are represented in localised accounts of the stories. Sara also examines and discusses stories told by Year Nine Australian History teachers to ascertain ways in which school systems and practices are designed to engage local Aboriginal peoples in teaching and learning programs of curriculum. Sara weaves these stories together to determine barriers that exist which prevent inclusive and genuine engagement of local Aboriginal voices and perspectives in the Year Nine Australian History curriculum, as well as the best practice models that may emerge from such discussions. To do so, Sara draws on post structuralism and Indigenous Standpoint Theory as the theoretical underpinnings of her research, and also draws on the notion of storytelling by which to present the thesis.

Journal papers and conference proceedings

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F.; Zeegers, M (2015). "What's in a name: exploring the implications of Eurocentric (re)naming practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nomenclature in Australian education practices." Submitted to the Australian journal of Indigenous education, March 18.

Weuffen, S (2014). "Ethical research with Indigenous Australians: sharing my story." Sharing the passion for discovery. Federation University Annual Research Conference, Ballarat,Australia, December 12.

Weuffen, S., & Pickford,M. (2014). "Engaging with Australian Indigenous studies: moving beyond white guilt." Open Dialogue Conference. Ballarat, Australia, 6-7 June.

Weuffen, S (2013). "Indigenous Standpoint Theory and white eyed research." Your research footprint: how will it impact on the community? Federation University annual research conference, Ballarat, Australia, November 14

Weuffen, S (2013). "The Australian national curriculum: history, Aboriginal perspectives and teacher perceptions." Three minute thesis (3MT) Trans-Tasman semi-final.University of Western Sydney, Australia, October 18.

Weuffen, S. (2012). "The panopticon and methodology: examining post structuralism." Celebrating postgraduate research at UB, University of Ballarat annual research conference, November 5.

Weuffen, S. (2011). "Language and colonial discourses in the Australian History Curriculum." Perspectives on power: an interdisciplinary conference for postgraduates and early career researchers. University of Queensland: Australia. 23-25 November.