Thu, 29 October 2020: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
As part of the Bundyi Girri project, staff from across the college have been exploring ways to include Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing in their curricula. By doing so, we not only take important steps in our own Reconciliation journeys, but we also support those of our students, giving them transformational learning opportunities that will impact on their lives and work in the future.
But, giving students a genuinely transformational learning experience involves more than simply adding new material to the curriculum. It requires us to embed approaches that go beyond knowledge acquisition, enabling students to consciously make meaning of their lives through self-questioning and challenging the foundational practices of their discipline. Often this process is unsettling for students and it is therefore important to design and deliver activities that support them both emotionally and academically.
In this session, Serene Ho (School of Science) will show how she takes her students on a transformational learning journey through the careful infusion of Indigenous knowledge, culture and perspectives in her curriculum. As part of trying to relate Bundyi Girri to Physical Geography, she has adopted the “8 Ways” Aboriginal pedagogical framework. This has helped her create activities to enable students to connect ideas in novel and logical ways, encouraging critical thinking on the relationship between western and Indigenous sciences in the context of climate change, and importantly, what it means to be a geographer on Country. Sometimes, this journey has unsettled her students and Serene will explore how carefully designed reflective activities have helped them to understand and question their own knowledge and values along the way. Finally, through a tour of her online resources, she will reflect on how the course has transformed her own thinking, as a geographer and member of the RMIT community.
Also contributing to the conversation will be Jason Brailey from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Come along to hear his perspectives on Indigenous Education and Engagement.