The Australian Children's Television Foundation
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This is a cross-curriculum teaching resource which focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, allowing for an introduction into the Indigenous Adnyamathanha language, as well as culture and traditions. This resource has different levels of use and application within the classroom, being a website and having tools within the website, such as the video as an engaging teaching and learning tool for Early Stage One, to teach and develop an understanding of an Australian Indigenous language. Teaching students an understanding of Australian Indigenous language is crucial in developing students understanding of diversity within the various languages within the Australian culture, both past and present and will assist in and provide a specific example of various Family Languages within the student's direct or wider community.
All teaching and learning materials have been created by Indigenous people and have further been developed off the 8 Ways Aboriginal Framework, a pedagogy that allows teachers to include Aboriginal perspectives through the use of Aboriginal techniques. With this inplace, teaching and learning focus can remain on core curriculum content whilst simultaneously embedding Aboriginal perspectives within lessons. The 8 ways Framework came from a research project involving Department of Education and training (DET) staff, James Cook University’s School of Indigenous Studies and the Western New South Wales Regional Aboriginal Education Team in 2007 and 2009. By teaching through Aboriginal techniques, not just teaching Aboriginal content, there is validation of teaching through Aboriginal culture which is beneficial for all students.The eight ways include:
-Symbols and Images
The 8 ways pedagogy shares commonalities between western pedagogies such as;
-Learning through narrative.
- Connecting learning to local values, needs and knowledge.
-Planning and visualising explicit processes
- Using indirect, innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.
-Working non-verbally with self-reflective,hands-on methods.
- Learning through images, symbols and metaphors.
- Learning through place-responsive, environmental practice.
-Modelling and scaffolding by working from wholes to parts.
This is an important pedagogy to consider when using such a resource to teach Early Stage One students as it incorporates an Indigenous pedagogy within an Indigenous resource, but also is highly relevant to western pedagogical practices. This is highly important because for a source such as Language of Belonging, it enables an easier transition between the teaching of different cultures and languages, especially when teaching such early years as Early Stage One as activities and pedagogical approaches share commonalities.
Information mentioned above as well as more informaiton on the 8 ways pedaogogy framework can be found from the following sites: