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Reflective Journal

Where to from here? What will you do in future to plan for and implement Aboriginal perspectives content into your Years 7-10 science teaching-learning program?

Fred Domingo
Fred Domingo

Being a part of this program, I now have extensive knowledge of the Aboriginal culture and it is now my duty to in-service the whole staff of Erskine Park High School as to the process that I've gone through in incorporating Aboriginal perspectives in school-based programs. I will then try to re-evaluate the Science programs and try to ensure that Aboriginal perspectives are addressed and included in these programs. I will try to continue to maintain contact with people that I've worked with who have now become my friends, support team and contacts. And due to these programs in which I've been involved, my awareness and understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal culture has improved and increased.

Maureen Wenzel
Maureen Wenzel

Aboriginal community involvement and consultation is critical to any project with an Aboriginal perspective. Protocols need to be strictly observed. There should be acknowledgement of those involved in the project, ongoing consultation. The community should never be asked to endorse a project unless theyve been involved in the whole process. Teachers must be in-serviced on how to implement the program effectively and this will allow them to broaden their skills and enable them to program Aboriginal perspectives into other areas of the curriculum.

Rosanne Herat
Rosanne Herat

I will train teachers in my faculty to use the program effectively. The challenge occurs within the time constraints for teaching the topic. From an evaluation point of view, it is important to spend time reading resources and speaking with Elders. It would have been helpful had we taped all of our conversations. A benefit of doing this program was becoming more aware of the tools and have an increased understanding of the use of the Aboriginal tools. Its important to be mindful of acknowledging the community with their efforts in helping out. The Elders were enthusiastic about being involved and excited that Aboriginal perspectives were being implemented in schools.

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