ERIC Number: EJ1198476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives and Knowledge in the Biology Curriculum: The Little Porky
Rioux, Joel; Ewing, Bronwyn; Cooper, Tom J.
Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v47 n2 p158-170 Dec 2018
This paper reports on an Action Research project that investigated the integration of Aboriginal and Western knowledge into science learning in a Montessori classroom in regional Queensland, Australia. Drawing on the local knowledge of fauna of community members, the study explored the teaching of science to 12 year 8-9 students in an Aboriginal independent high school in Queensland. The overall study covered 83 lessons that included an initial Short-beaked echidna study. It applied thematic analysis to data to explore the effect of this integrated approach on students' pride in heritage, cultural knowledge, learning and the Linnaean zoology taxonomy. Results revealed that the contextualisation of Aboriginal and Western science knowledge strengthened students' Aboriginal personal identity as well as identities as science learners and status of local Aboriginal knowledge.
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge, Biology, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Action Research, Montessori Method, Foreign Countries, Grade 7, Grade 8, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia