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This source illustrates an indigenous language map of Australia. It details Aboriginal Australia. The map represents large language groups including smaller groups of people- clans, dialects and individual languages within any one group. The source acknowledges that this map is in fact one of many sources representing Aboriginal Australia. Moreover, the source highlights that this publication is a reflection of the author’s views and not of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Thus, the purpose of this map is solely a verified representation and illustration of Aboriginal Australia. Through further investigation, this source originated, and was first published in the Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia. Thus, indicating that it is a reliable source.
Teachers can use this language map to assess students’ knowledge in terms of how the Australian states and territories have changed. One classroom activity could involve students’ approximating the current state borders of Australia onto the language map. Students can also determine which language group was spoken in the area of their local community. This requires, and develops, students’ use of grids, space, area, and distance skills. Other activities could involve students’ researching how democratic practices ran during Aboriginal Australia and compare how democracy is administered in Australia today.
These activities will reveal new understandings (Gilbert & Hoepper 2011, p. 101) about Indigenous societies in Australia. By comparing and contrasting democracy of today with that of Aboriginal Australia, students’ are able to understand and appreciate similarities and differences between two diverse societies.
McDonald, H., & Gilbert, R. (2011). Planning for student learning. In R. Gilbert, & B. Hoepper (Eds.), Teaching Society and Environment (pp. 99-121). Australia: Cengage Learning Australia.