Teaching Aboriginal Studies

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Allen & Unwin, 1999 - Education - 298 pages
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Teaching Aboriginal Studies is a resource for teacher education and a practical guide for both new and experienced teachers in primary and secondary schools. Chapters on Aboriginal history and culture, stereotypes and racism, government policies, and reconciliation provide essential background knowledge. There are also strategies and resources for teaching Aboriginal Studies in different contexts, and understanding Aboriginal learning styles.

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a national priority
Living cultures
time for a change
a history
archaeology anthropology
invasion and colonisation
the impact of government policies
a new understanding
its essential
Towards an appropriate pedagogy for Aboriginal children
Teaching resources and strategies
Developing teaching activities
Teaching for Reconciliation

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Page 126 - We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. • We brought the diseases. The alcohol. • We committed the murders. • We took the children from their mothers. • We practised discrimination and exclusion. • It was our ignorance and prejudice and our failure to imagine these things being done to us.
Page 133 - From what I have said of the Natives of New Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans; being wholly unacquainted not only with the superfluous but the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe, they are happy in not knowing the use of them.
Page 45 - Ethnocentrism is based on a pervasive and rigid ingroup-outgroup distinction; it involves stereotyped negative imagery and hostile attitudes regarding outgroups, stereotyped positive imagery and submissive attitudes regarding ingroups, and a hierarchical, authoritarian view of group interaction in which ingroups are rightly dominant, outgroups subordinate.
Page 40 - No English words are good enough to give a sense of the links between an aboriginal group and its homeland. Our word "home", warm and suggestive though it be, does not match the aboriginal word that may mean "camp", "hearth", "country", "everlasting home", "totem place", "life source", "spirit centre
Page 4 - That the Senate accepts the fact that the indigenous people of Australia, now known as Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, were in possession of this entire nation prior to the 1788 First Fleet landing at Botany Bay...
Page 118 - Conference believes that the destiny of the natives of aboriginal origin, but not of the full blood, lies in their ultimate absorption by the people of the Commonwealth...
Page 103 - You are to endeavour by every possible means The natives to extend your intercourse with the natives, and to conciliate their affections, enjoining all our subjects to live in amity and kindness with them. And if any of our subjects shall wantonly destroy them, or give them any unnecessary interruption in the exercise of their several occupations, it is our will and pleasure that you do cause such offenders to be brought to punishment according to the degree of the offence.
Page 18 - That all political leaders and their parties recognise that reconciliation between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Australia must be achieved if community division, discord and injustice to Aboriginal people are to be avoided. To this end the...
Page 13 - Make us equals, not dependants. We need help, not exploitation, We want freedom, not frustration; Not control, but self-reliance, Independence, not compliance, Not rebuff, but education, Self-respect, not resignation. Free us from a mean subjection, From a bureaucrat Protection. Let's forget the old-time slavers: Give us fellowship, not favours; Encouragement, not prohibitions, Homes, not settlements and missions. We need love, not overlordship, Grip of hand, not whip-hand wardship; Opportunity that...
Page 90 - We say that it is our past, our culture and heritage, and forms part of our present life. As such it is ours to control and it is ours to share on our terms.

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DR RHONDA CRAVEN coordinated the 'Teaching the Teachers: Indigenous Australian Studies' Project of National Significance. She is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Deputy Director of the Self-Concept Enhancement and Learning Facilitation (SELF) Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.

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