Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives and Western Perspectives: A Third Cultural Space

A third cultural space is the space in which two cultures work together and alongside each other to incorporate the perspectives of both into a single approach (Queensland Government, 2011). This might be done through learning about both perspectives and how they influence the other in identifying similarities and combining these to make an effective space. This would enhance the curriculum in exploring more than one perspective, developing new skills and values for the success in life and portraying the respect and value of both perspectives in education and hence society. This third space enables a broader knowledge base and understanding of ideas through exploring through various lenses which would be lost if there were only one perspective being taught. It has the potential to broaden understandings with various perspectives to allow broad approaches to problems and learning into the future.

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2 thoughts on “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives and Western Perspectives: A Third Cultural Space

  1. I find this concept of the third space fascinating. It open many opportunities in the classroom to make all students feel included. In todays multi cultural society in Australia it is important to not only consider and be respectful of the different cultures but also to investigate how they are similar and/or different.

    • I definitely believe the third cultural space needs to be considered in a multicultural society like Australia, it has the potential to increase learning and help create an inclusive classroom.

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