Wise Women: Educational Aspirations and Participation of Indigenous Women of Reproductive Age in Regional, Rural and Remote Communities

This project will explore the educational aspirations, access and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of reproductive age. It explores the ways that motherhood shapes women's educational aspirations and access.

The research aims to: trace Indigenous women's participation in formal and post-compulsory education opportunities; deepen understanding of Indigenous women's aspirations to participate in learning and their experiences of accessing educational programs and opportunities; contribute to the policy and practice of widening educational participation to Indigenous women of reproductive age in regional, rural and remote communities. 

Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives the project aims to examine the women's aspirations, the impact of being of reproductive age on aspiration-formation and the different opportunities for Indigenous women's educational participation taking account of the women's location across regional, rural and remote communities.