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Reflective Journal

How has your view or perspective changed on the impact of Aboriginal beliefs and culture on scientific understanding?

Jane Pearce
Jane Pearce

This project highlighted for me the importance of acknowledging Aboriginal perspectives and explanations of phenomena, along with other cultures. It is extremely important to teach students that opinions and beliefs should be valued, which is supported by the new PFAs [Prescribed Focus Areas] in our current Science syllabuses. Initially, I felt it would be very difficult to include an Aboriginal perspective, as I felt it may conflict with the natures of some of our Western science. I've learnt through this project you can include two views and values and acknowledge both.

Fred Domingo
Fred Domingo

My understanding of the Aboriginal culture was very limited. I had no idea that the traditional tools they used in their day-to-day life follow the same scientific principles of forces in motion. By being involved in this project, it made me appreciate the Aboriginal culture. I think all students should be exposed to the Indigenous culture, so that they can realise that scientific laws and principles are applicable to any society.

Rosanne Herat
Rosanne Herat

By writing a program on simple machines, I realised that even though Aboriginal people used primitive tools, they were still highly skilled and advanced with their technologies. Aboriginal tools were used for necessity, however, they still followed the conventional laws of Science.

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