Aligning Indigenous perspectives with Western perspectives of teaching

These two examples demonstrate how western and Indigenous pedagogies can be aligned to create an enriched learning experience. The first is a lesson on descriptive writing which utilises both pedagogies in creating a richer experience for students. The second is an image which portrays the university experience of myself and peers through Indigenous perspectives after reflecting in a western way.

Descriptive writing – surprise writing and 8 ways

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8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning

Although the curriculum requires Indigenous inclusions, it lacks ways and definitions on how to incorporate these. The 8Ways (8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning, 2013) is a fantastic framework to help guide teachers into how to incorporate and align western and Indigenous pedagogies. It is useful in realising the ways Indigenous people view the world. 8Ways (8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning, 2013) helps to acknowledge these ways in realising how these could be incorporated into teaching and learning, in entering into a culturally responsive and relevant learning environment to form relationships with all involved.

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.