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Lindy Baxter Graduate Researcher, Education - Bendigo

Lindy is a PhD candidate in the School of Education at La Trobe University Bendigo, securing an APA award and a scholarship from La Trobe University’s Transforming Human Societies focus area to support her studies. She is currently using her research skills as a researcher in a cross-discipline project between the School of Education and La Trobe Rural Health School.

Lindy’s background is in education and her main research interest – the educational experience of urban Indigenous students – began while working with primary school children for over a decade. Seeking research to better understand urban Indigenous students, Lindy found abundant research for students living in remote areas, although very little research with a specific focus on Indigenous students living elsewhere in Australia. Exploring the school experience of urban Indigenous primary school students, her MEd and PhD research culminated in five papers that contribute to the field of urban Indigenous education.

Lindy currently has a research proposal for a project that builds on her previous work. This project takes a strength-based approach to find ways to support urban Indigenous students in mainstream education, so more students have a greater opportunity to aspire to and attain a place in higher education. The proposed project will begin when funding is secured.

Submitting her thesis in December 2018, Lindy still researches in the area of primary school education in a project that benefits from Lindy’s previous experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The project attracted RFA funding and focuses on changing teacher practice through reflection for students who have experienced complex trauma – including Indigenous students.

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