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Reflective Journal

What strategies would you use in developing further teaching units to address Aboriginal perspectives in Science?

Denise Hogan
Denise Hogan

I like the idea of frequently putting perspectives into a broad number of units. And it may be in the knowledge and understanding area, it may be the PFAs [Prescribed Focus Areas], with different cultural ideas. But there's also the possibility in skill areas. Could we set a problem-solving skill in an Aboriginal context? Could we get raw statistics and use those where some issue of concern to the Aboriginal community emerges from the students' analysis of those, just in the trends in the statistics? So I think there are a lot of ways, but little and often.

Paul Rayner
Paul Rayner

By looking at the syllabus and the programs that would be at the school, I'd be identifying the outcomes that would need to satisfy the perspectives. I'd be working collaboratively with members within the Department and hopefully having a common sense approach in a practical sense so that it's not tokenistic but meeting the needs of the class that you had at the time.

Robyn Howson
Robyn Howson

Well, I think I'd use pretty much the same strategies as we used in this project. First of all, we started off by brainstorming ideas where could we fit them into the syllabus sensibly and naturally, without making it seem as if we were trying to force the ideas. Talk to your colleagues - where can we fit this? Then look for some information and see how it fits in.

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