Cultures complement in dual learning
At Haasts Bluff School links are being forged between traditional Aboriginal knowledge and the Australian curriculum.
Skype sessions with remote schools in the Territory, South Australia and Western Australia were used to establish the Two-way Science model at the school.
Teaching principal Ian Herben said Two-way Science is a learning program designed to combine the cultural knowledge of the local community with Western science and the curriculum.
“Using Skype we have accessed people with an incredible understanding of their own customs and identified ways to unite the curriculum and cultural sciences,” he said.
“Time-honoured Aboriginal practices are helping students perceive natural phenomena in new ways.
“Weather, space and stars, animal species and tracks, are a few of the topics showing how local people interact with the environment.
“To deliver this new form of education we are consulting with teaching assistants, carers and service providers in the community.
“We will enlist the help of two elders in a trip to look at a bush medicine shrub, bush banana, bush tomato, waru (honey ants) and also a smoking tree to welcome babies to country.”
High attendance and well-behaved students from years 2 to 6 have already been taken on a bush interpretive trip.