"Support for the teaching of Aboriginal perspectives in the NSW Human Society and Its Environment K-6 syllabus."
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The curriculum support website: A Shared History is specifically designed to “support the teaching of Aboriginal perspectives in the NSW Human Society and Its Environment K-6 syllabus.” This is a fantastic resource when embedding Indigenous perspective. It is particularly beneficial teachers as a “resource to support the inclusion of Aboriginal history and culture.” (http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/shared/)
It is important to recognise that although this website may be useful in addressing features and places in the immediate environment, this resource will also be a valuable tool for many other learning activities.
The resources can be employed by the teacher to recognise and affirm Aboriginal identity, cultures and include Aboriginal viewpoints on events and issues. The website can be used to guide the development of curriculum and cultural integrity, whilst achieving a balance between contemporary and historical content. Teachers are able to use this digital tool to explore positive values, attitudes and beliefs that develop skills that lead to active citizenship.
The online resource enables the teacher to develop learning strategies for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. As suggested by Gilbert and Hoepper (2014) non-Indigenous teachers must take extra care to ensure Indigenous involvement and reflection regarding their own experiences and attitudes (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2014, p. 362). As such, this online resource provides and exceptionally comprehensive set of guidelines and protocols to ensure that Aboriginal perspectives are successfully incorporated into learning activities throughout all Key Learning Areas (KLAs).
Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2014). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences: History, Geography, Economics and Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum. South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning Australia