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Reflective Journal

What barriers did you encounter in trying to undertake this project?

Anthony Angel
Anthony Angel

In regards to the Aboriginal community, there were no barriers at all. Their enthusiasm towards it was fantastic. The biggest barrier was parents. There is such a ... in the community with just the parents: they don't want their children to undertake some of these tasks and the big problem I had was dealing with the parents and explaining to the parents that this is beneficial to their child.

Carol Thurston
Carol Thurston

I found it difficult to know exactly which perspective I was supposed to be including or addressing. I wanted to provide an interesting and relevant experience for students that would provide the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the Aboriginal culture and the traditional knowledge on which it is built but I didn't want to seem patronising.

Glenn Yates
Glenn Yates

To be honest, the only barriers were those created by myself. Essentially being a little bit scared or apprehensive about how far I should press the point without stepping on too many toes and what I could produce professionally within the time frame given. Then, there was knowing where to start and how far to take the project. I found that keeping it simple and appropriate for me and for my school situation seemed to work best. Good support was provided by my team leaders, Jeanette and then David and that helped greatly.

Kerry Whalley
Kerry Whalley

There were no actual barriers to developing this project. The students particularly liked the visual art component, researching Australia's megafauna and comparing the Aboriginal dreaming story to newspaper reports of the 1989 Newcastle earthquake.

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