There is minimal research on the topic of policymaker motivations in regard to First Nations school education throughout Australia. As seen in the 2022 Closing the Gap report, First Nations educational improvements have not been substantial, with fewer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving their full learning potential up to Year 12 and going on to further education pathways compared with the non-Indigenous population. This calls into question the effectiveness of the many policies that address First Nations education at the federal and state level, and it warrants a deeper examination of the policy-making process and those involved. This study aims to investigate the motivations of policymakers to theorise the extent to which policies are affected and the potential impacts these have on the educational experiences of First Nations students. This research will be conducted with bricolage methodology using Indigenous yarning methodology and narrative inquiry to explore what motivates Queensland's First Nations education policymakers, how the policies they craft are affected by their motivations and how these policies impact the educational outcomes of First nations students. The study will contribute to First Nations policymaking by shedding light on the motivations and drivers of policymakers.
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