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Reflective Journal

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

Jane Pearce
Jane Pearce

I would look through the Science syllabuses to find suitable areas, particularly topic areas, where the addition of Aboriginal perspectives would be meaningful and not just added for the sake of it or as an afterthought. Its really important that the perspectives be written into the unit and not just put in later. I would very much use the community, talk to consultants, elders, students and parents and include them in this process.

Fred Domingo
Fred Domingo

Firstly, you need to find when Aboriginal perspective can best serve your teaching programs. Consultation and collaboration with the Aboriginal community and Elders is crucial to ensure that Aboriginal views presented are clear and not distorted. Make sure that Aboriginal perspectives are clearly understood by teachers and explicitly taught. You also have to be aware of the possible cultural differences and barriers.

Maureen Johnson
Maureen Johnson

Start with your curriculum, look at areas that would be beneficial to include the Aboriginal perspectives in. But then, given that Aboriginal students families are just so vitally important to them, why not use that. Get the families involved, bring them in, talk to them, get them involved in actually writing the units of work with you.

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