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Aboriginal and Culturally Responsive Pedagogies

Location: Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education


Centre

Teaching Area – Stage 5 - Geography

HUMAN WELLBEING – STAGE 5

A student:
GE5-1 - explains the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places
and environments

 The importance of flora in Aboriginal lifestyle as it is used as insect repellent,


medicinal treatment etc.

GE5-2 - explains processes and influences that form and transform places and
environments

GE5-6 -analyses differences in human wellbeing and ways to improve human


wellbeing

GE5-7 - acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using


appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry

GE5-8 - communicates geographical information to a range of audiences using


a variety of strategies

Related Life Skills outcomes: GELS-1, GELS-2, GELS-6, GELS-7, GELS-8


Improving Human Wellbeing

Students: Investigate initiatives to improve human wellbeing in Australia and


other countries, for example:

 Evaluation of initiatives by governments and non-government


organisations to reduce spatial variations in human wellbeing
 Discussion of the role individuals plays in improving human wellbeing
 Proposal for action by governments, organisations or individuals to
improve the wellbeing of ONE group in Australia.

Human wellbeing in Australia

Students: Investigate the reasons for and consequences of spatial variations


in human wellbeing in Australia, for example:

 Identification of differences in human wellbeing in Australia using a


range of indicators.
 Examination of reasons for and consequences of differences in human
wellbeing for TWO groups of people in Australia e.g. cultural groups,
unemployed, the aged, young people, people with disabilities.
 Analysis of how human wellbeing is influenced by where people live in
Australia.

Questions

1. What does the environment mean to you in regard to sustainability?


The Murru Mittigar Centre is an exceptional location for students studying
Stage 4 Geography due to its in-depth knowledge of Indigenous Aboriginal
culture, history, heritage and its ability to link all these aspects of Indigenous
societal values into a variety of subjects in higher school education. During
Stage 4 Geography, students partake in the depth study Landscape and
Landforms. During this course, students are advised to investigate the
following outcome:

 Explanation of the aesthetic value of landscapes and landforms


to culture and identity.

This gives students the opportunity to investigate and gain insight into
Aboriginal people’s cultural value in regard to land.

How can The Murru Mittigar centre provide opportunity to fulfil this
outcomes purpose of study? The Murru Mittigar centre provides tours with
trained hosts who are incredibly knowledgeable about Aboriginal lifestyles and
culture.

During the cultural talk and bush tucker walk, aspects of everyday Aboriginal
life and living are discussed by the host. Here they able to explain in great deal
the value of the land to Aboriginal people such as using land for survival. The
host discusses important features of the land such as using paper bark from trees
and bandages to cover wounds, special plants that are crushed and used as anti-
septic medicine, plants that are valuable resources to provide water to prevent
dehydration etc. The site itself displays the intensity of landscape importance.
How anything the earth provides can be of use to the Aboriginal peoples.

Partaking in this program will not only link to syllabus outcomes in the Stage 4
Depth Study of Landscapes and Landforms, it will also enhance student’s
knowledge about crucial cultural awareness of the traditional custodians on the
land.

This lesson meets the following syllabus outcomes:

 Locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range


of places and environments GE4-1.
 Communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies
GE4-8.
The Muru Mittigar Centre is an exceptional location for
students studying Stage 4 Geography due to its in-depth
knowledge of Indigenous Aboriginal culture, history, heritage.
During Stage 4 Geography, students partake in the depth
study Landscape and Landforms. During this course,
students are advised to investigate the following outcome:

•Explanation of the aesthetic value of landscapes and


landforms to culture and identity.

This gives students the opportunity to investigate and gain


insight into Aboriginal people’s cultural value in regard to
land.

How can The Murru Mittigar centre provide opportunity to


fulfil this outcomes purpose of study? The Murru Mittigar
centre provides tours with trained hosts who are incredibly
knowledgeable about Aboriginal lifestyle.

During the cultural talk and bush tucker walk, aspects of


everyday Aboriginal life are discussed by the host. The host
discusses important features of the land for Aboriginal
people’s well-being such as using paper bark from trees and
bandages to cover wounds and special plants that are crushed
and used as anti-septic medicine. The site itself displays the
intensity of landscape importance. This relates to one of the
core 8 Ways of Pedagogies, Land Links. This lesson develops
place-based learning that aims to depicts the personal
relationships of place amongst Aboriginal people.

Partaking in this program will not only link to syllabus


outcomes in the Stage 4 Depth Study of Landscapes and
Landforms, it will also enhance student’s knowledge about
crucial cultural awareness of the traditional custodians on the
land.

This lesson meets the following syllabus outcomes: GE4-1 –


GE4-3 - GE4-6 - GE4-8.