Teaching and Learning Australian Indigenous Knowledge

University of South Australia
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Creating contexts for learning in technology education, 2016, pp. 112 - 119 (8)
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While the notion of education is quite broad, a teacher must consider the idea of Indigenous education. From this paper's perspective, then, two aspects are in need of further consideration. First is the idea of non-Indigenous people teaching Indigenous people; and second is the idea that Indigenous people know completely different things from a non-indigenous perspective, and hence can ‘teach’ the non-indigenous quite different ideas and knowledge that may not have been thought about or even valued in our mainstream classrooms. So while some may consider Indigenous people in the classroom as simply just students, at the same time is the significant idea that Indigenous people have completely different kinds of notions in terms of what they are thinking. Hence this paper is not only about teaching Indigenous people, but also the notion of learning from Indigenous people. As such this paper questions how might the non-Indigenous best learn from the Indigenous? How can we promote a better understanding of Indigenous ideas, values and culture in the classroom in a culturally appropriate manner? This paper suggests that working closer with Indigenous teachers and knowledge-keepers at all levels of education may offer a significant enhancement in terms of our student understanding of Australian Indigenous culture.
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