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2nd Edition

Teaching Aboriginal Studies
A practical resource for primary and secondary teaching

ISBN 9781741754759
Published April 1, 2011 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

Teaching Aboriginal Studies has been a practical guide for classroom teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as student teachers, across Australia. Chapters on Aboriginal history and culture, stereotypes and racism, government policies and reconciliation provide essential knowledge for integrating Aboriginal history and culture, issues and perspectives across the curriculum.

This second edition of Teaching Aboriginal Studies encompasses developments over the past decade in Aboriginal affairs, Aboriginal education and research. It features a wide range of valuable teaching sources including poetry, images, oral histories, media, and government reports. There are also strategies for teaching Aboriginal Studies in different contexts and the latest research findings. The text is lavishly illustrated with photographs, posters, paintings, prints, ads and cartoons.

Teaching Aboriginal Studies is the product of consultation and collaboration across Australia. Remarkable educators and achievers, both Aboriginal and other Australians, tell what teachers need to know and do to help Aboriginal students reach their potential, educate all students about Aboriginal Australia and make this country all that we can be.

'The importance of this book cannot be overestimated. We have been insisting for years that pre-service teachers be required to learn about Aboriginal history, culture and identity, and that it be regarded as integral to qualifying for their education degrees.' Lionel Bamblett, General Manager, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Cindy Berwick

The Teaching the Teachers Story - Nigel Parbury



1 Why teach Aboriginal Studies? - Rhonda Craven

2 Living cultures - Uncle Charles Moran, Uncle Norm Newlin, Terry Mason & Rhoda Roberts

3 Misconceptions, stereotypes and racism: Let's face the facts - Rhonda Craven & Kaye Price

4 Terra nullius: Invasion and colonization - Nigel Parbury

5 A history of special treatment: The impact of government policies - James Wilson-Miller

6 Discovering shared history: Moving towards new understanding in Australian schools - Paddy Cavanagh

7 A history of Aboriginal education - Nigel Parbury

8 Reconciliation matters - Nina Burridge

9 Educating for the future - Rhonda Craven

10 Community involvement - Bev Smith

11 What research can tell us - Rhonda Craven & Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews

12 Closing the gap - John Lester & Geoff Munns

13 Working with Aboriginal students - Christine Halse & Aunty Mae Robinson

14 Teaching resources - Rhonda Craven, Mark d'Arbon & Sharon Galleguillos

15 Developing teaching activities - Rhonda Craven, Mark d'Arbon & James Wilson-Miller

16 Together we can't lose - Rhonda Craven



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Professor Rhonda Craven led the Project of National Significance, 'Teaching the Teachers: Indigenous Australian Studies', from which this book developed. One of Australia's leading education researchers, she now heads the Educational Excellence and Equity (E3) Research Program at the University of Western Sydney.