Do Aboriginal Knowledge and Western Education Mix? To Get Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge in Schools to Make all the Kids Smile

By Michael Donovan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Aboriginal knowledge is not just about content but also the way we teach to Aboriginal students. Through teachers developing the role of facilitators and supporting Aboriginal Community members to guide students through content relating to Aboriginal cultural knowledge, all students will benefit from this knowledge but Aboriginal students will gain greater connection to the content and they should also gain greater connection to a School that shows their culture as valuable. Through well thought-out effective partnerships between Schools and the local Aboriginal Community, all students within that School would benefit from the committed Community capacity building structures that can be developed to support the Aboriginal cultural knowledge and NSW Schools.

Keywords: Aboriginal Education, Pedagogy, Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge, Teaching to Student Difference

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.99-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 500.368KB).

Michael Donovan

Lecturer, Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies, Faculty of Education & Arts, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

I have worked in Aboriginal education for 15 years from schools through to University from being an Aboriginal Education Assistant through to completing my Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) with Honours, Class 1 and I am enrolled in a PhD in examining quality pedagogy in realtion to support Aboriginal students educational outcomes. My involvement with the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) at all levels from State Executive to Local AECG involvement is another professional strength.


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