A new education program in Cape York will be extended to the town of Hopevale, the Queensland Government announced on Friday. The Cape York Australian Aboriginal Academy has been operating in the towns of Coen and Aurukun this year.
The Academy’s program is in three parts, Class, Club and Culture. The Club part has music, sport and art programs, The Culture part of the program teaches indigenous language and culture to students.
The Class part uses a teaching method called Direct Instruction to teach maths, and reading and writing in English. In Direct Instruction, teachers must keep strictly to controlled, scripted lessons. A major study in the USA in the 1960s and 1970s, called Project Follow Through, found Direct Instruction to be the most effective method of raising poor schoolchildren’s scores in standardised tests. Direct Instruction is opposed to methods of teaching where children seek out and solve problems for themselves.