Indigenous knowledge in the Australian national curriculum for science: from conjecture to classroom practice

Baynes, Renee and Austin, Jon (2012) Indigenous knowledge in the Australian national curriculum for science: from conjecture to classroom practice. In: 5th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference, 27-30 June 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.

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In most countries of the world, a culturally-specific (Western) form of science has masqueraded as universal, true and irrefutable. With the introduction of the first national Australian curriculum, Western science and its epistemological base have been challenged by formal expectations that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges be included in formal school science programs. This paper draws upon two studies that have addressed the preparedness of the educational community to take up the challenges and opportunities this development offers. The first study drew on the reactions of heads of science departments in secondary schools and the second looked at ways in which a group of educators are working to meet the expectation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This publication is copyright Ngä Pae o te Märamatanga, so only Accepted version accessible.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2013 00:36
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 04:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: science, Australian National Curriculum, indigenous perspectives
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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