Indigenous astronomy to revitalise the Australian curriculum

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Indigenous astronomy to revitalise the Australian curriculum

Post by phildidge on Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:39 am

Did you know that you can tell a lot about what is happening on land from what is happening in the sky above? Ever wondered how to navigate home when lost in the bush? Or how to use the sky and stars to predict environmental changes? What if I were to tell you that a brief glance at a single constellation in the sky can tell you about current local animal behaviour, seasonal change, the availability of food sources, and impending weather patterns? These topics will soon be easily available to our primary and secondary school students, thanks to the introduction of Indigenous scientific knowledge into our national curricula.

New classroom resources have been announced to help teachers include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems in the classroom.The resources will assist teachers in implementing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures’ cross curriculum priority from the Australian Curriculum.

The new classroom resources provide rigorous and refereed resources to ensure teachers feel confident teaching Indigenous science and astronomy to their students.

The recently released resources are designed for Years 5 and 8; and expose them to topics such as natural indicators of time, measuring spatial distances with their hands and lunar and solar eclipses.

This knowledge has been developed over 65,000 years.


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