Reconciliation education

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Reconciliation education is a teaching-learning framework for improving participants' attitudes toward other groups of people[1][2] based on classroom action research findings.[3][4] The other group may possess characteristics diverse from participants’ own, such as a different ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, etc.[5] Participants engage in a positive discourse about the other group to counter negative or prejudiced attitudes toward them held by participants and/or wider society.[6][7]


Reconciliation education was developed by Dr Adam Paul Heaton based on findings from his 2014 doctorate of philosophy study.[1] The study found that as Australian Grade 8 students engaged in a positive discourse about Aboriginal Australians they developed more positive attitudes toward the other group.[8][9] Points of commonality exist with allophilia[5] and reconciliation[10][11].

In the media


  1. 1.0 1.1 National Library of Australia (2013). ""I stopped to think" Aboriginal anti-racism pedagogy in middle school / Adam Paul Heaton". Trove. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  2. Charles Darwin University (December 2013). ""I stopped to think" Aboriginal anti-racism pedagogy in middle school". Charles Darwin University. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  3. North Queensland Register (14 October 2014). "Positive results for anti-racism curriculum". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  4. News24 (17 October 2014). "Government not serious about racism – Aus teacher". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pittinsky, Todd (2013). "Allophilia—a new framework for understanding effective intergroup leadership". Center for Public Leadership. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  6. Heaton, Adam (2020). "Closing the gap between 'us' and 'them': The role of perspective taking and empathy in Reconciliation Education. International Journal of Arts and Social Science, 3(4), 52-8" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  7. Heaton, Adam (2020). "Reconciliation Education: A new conceptual framework for interrupting prejudices and developing positive inter-group perspectives. International Journal of Education Humanities and Social Science, 3(2), 223-227" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  8. Research Gate (May 2019). "The Importance of Students Engaging in Anti-Racism Education: A Case Study". Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  9. Heaton, Adam (2018). "Kids can show prejudice and teachers can show them another path. Issues in Educational Research, 28(4), 940-954" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  10. "Let's Bust Some Myths". Reconciliation Australia. 2018.
  11. Heaton, Adam (2020). "Combatting racism to create a better Australia: the potential of the national cross-curriculum priority of teaching Aboriginal histories and cultures. Australian Aboriginal Studies, Issue 1". Retrieved 17 July 2020.

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