Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Aboriginal perspectives


About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher embeds Aboriginal perspectives into a unit of work through an investigation into the Aboriginal land management practice of fire-stick farming. The students consider the ways in which Aboriginal Australians used fire in the past and present and research the procedure of fire-stick farming. Students then demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how and why fire-stick farming was used by acting out the process. The teacher then discusses the ways in which Aboriginal histories and cultures could be incorporated into a colleague’s Mathematics class using a resource database.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.4
Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Descriptor
Support colleagues with providing opportunities for students to develop understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
  1. What opportunities do you provide for students to develop understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
  2. How do you go about embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into curriculum content?
  3. How could you support colleagues to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages into their teaching programs?
School
Sturt Street Community School
South Australia
Year level
Year 2
Year 3
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Government
School location
Metropolitan
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Sturt Street Community School is a Birth to Year 7 school located in central Adelaide and has a culturally diverse student population. The teacher recognises the importance of teaching the Australian Curriculum through Aboriginal perspectives and has previously assisted in the development of a database, developed across seven schools, that she uses to assist other teachers embed Aboriginal histories and cultures into their teaching programs.

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