Aboriginal and Torres Strait Perspectives for Australian Curriculum

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A presentation done to curriculum leaders as part of an overview of the cross-curricula perspectives. It includes links to various resources

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Perspectives for Australian Curriculum

    1. 1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures Nuriootpa High School
    2. 2. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities/Aborigin
    3. 3. New DECD Policy Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment and Reporting Policy for Reception–Year 10 This policy is available at http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/teachingandlearning/pages/Yearsr10/curric/
    4. 4. Is it important? NHS doesn’t have many Indigenous students but – Indigenous students often suffer from low self-esteem – We have a social responsibility and a moral obligation to help promote awareness of Indigenous perspectives in an inclusive and sensitive manner “As a nation Australia values the central role of education in building a democratic, equitable and just society— a society that is prosperous, cohesive and culturally diverse, and that values Australia’s Indigenous cultures as a key part of the nation’s history, present and future.” Melbourne Declaration
    5. 5. “93% of the references to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures perspective are in the History curriculum” Professor Peter Buckskin, Dean: Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement, and Research, University of South Australia Is this a problem? •Is the focus too narrow? What aspects of Indigenous Culture have been ignored? •Is this marginalisation? Do we really have a crosscurricula priority here?
    6. 6. Issues Location Total Citizenship Rights Yr6 2 Mabo Yr3, Yr10 2 Reconciliation Yr3, Yr 10 2 Land Rights 0 Human Rights 0 Social Justice 0 Employment Yr8 1 Aboriginal Rights Yr6, Yr10 5 Civil Rights Yr 10 4 Self Determination Stolen Generation 0 Yr6, Yr9, Yr10 Deaths in Custody Aboriginal activism 4 0 Yr6, Yr10 4 Some missing content
    7. 7. Cognitive Requirements of the Content K-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 Total Remembering 15 13 5 13 2 48 Understanding 5 9 5 7 2 29 Applying 0 8 0 2 0 10 Analysing 1 5 2 4 6 18 Evaluating 0 0 0 4 0 4 Creating 0 0 0 3 0 3 Total 22 35 12 33 10 112 Some missing depth
    8. 8. Assuming that we think this is a problem, where do we look for suggestions about how to fix it?
    9. 9. http://www.teacherstandards.aitsl.edu.au/Illustrations/Details/IOP00136
    10. 10. http://ab-ed.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au
    11. 11. Some other links Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in schools http://deta.qld.gov.au/indigenous/pdfs/eatsips_2011.pdf Reconciliation Australia http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/latest/aboriginal-perspectivesin-schools-q-a Framework for Embedding Koorie Cultures, Histories and Perspectives in Victorian Schools http://vaeai.org.au/_uploads/rsfil/000234_caba.pdf
    12. 12. Some questions for you to ponder. – How can we treat Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives with integrity? – How should we teach students about diversity? (try Googling ‘Culturally Responsive Curriculum’) – Is the ATSI content in your Learning Area deep and engaging or just tokenistic? Can you fix that?
    13. 13. And now, over to Penny for the next CCP … Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia What kind of Asian are you? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWynJkN5HbQ

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