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Who was involved?

Teachers of Science from the Wagga Wagga, Newcastle/Central Coast, Wollongong and Mt Druitt regions in NSW readily agreed to participate in the project. They worked in partnership with members of their local Aboriginal communities and were mentored by district Science and Aboriginal Education consultants.

Reflective journals were kept throughout the project by all of the teachers and mentors. The journals helped to inform the thinking and understanding of the participants and were important in developing collaboration and consistency. There are ideas and suggestions in the journals that teachers might find useful when planning and programming to integrate Aboriginal and Indigenous cross-curriculum content into teaching and learning experiences.

In each story the Reflective Journal section provides audio and transcripts of comments by Aboriginal community members, project teachers and mentors in relation to evaluation questions. These comments provide helpful ideas and insights for developing school-based resources.

Wagga Wagga Group


Sue LockwoodMt Austin High School
Pauline StreckfussMater Dei Catholic College


Sue LangleyDET - Science Consultant
Debbie EvansDET - Aboriginal Education Consultant

Link to Story 1 - Reflective Journal

Newcastle Group


Anthony AngelTuggerah Lakes Secondary College (Berkeley Vale Campus)
Glenn YatesLake Munmorah High School
Carol ThurstonWyong High School
Kerry WhalleySt Mary's High School Gateshead


David RushtonDET - Science Consultant

Link to Story 2 - Reflective Journal

Wollongong Group


Robyn HowsonBulli High School
Paul RaynerHoly Spirit College Bellambi


Denise HoganDET - Science Consultant
Margaret SimoesCatholic Education Office - Aboriginal Education Consultant
Leonie ArdlerDET - Aboriginal Education Consultant

Link to Story 3 - Reflective Journal

Mt Druitt Group


Rosanne HeratChifley College, Bidwill Campus
Fred DomingoErskine Park High School

Maureen Wenzel
Bundjalung Woman of Wiebal Clan Grouping

Aboriginal Studies teacher, Chifley College, Bidwill Campus


Jane PearceDET - Science Consultant
Marilyn Hill
Darug Woman of Boorooberongal

DET - Aboriginal Education Assistant,
Chifley College, Bidwill Campus

Maureen JohnsonDET - Priority Schools Funding Program Consultant


Uncle Wes Marne
Bidgambul Man

Mt Druitt Community

Greg Simms
Gundungurra Man
Blue Mountains

Mt Druitt Community

Link to Story 4 - Reflective Journal

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