Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Histories And Cultures Into Classroom Curriculum

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Topic: Discuss ways of incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures into classroom curriculum. In your essay you may wish to develop your ideas using the Australian Curriculum conceptual framework for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Aboriginal Studies and Torres Strait Islander Studies include histories, cultures, values, beliefs, languages, lifestyles and roles of Aboriginal societies or Torres Strait Islander societies before and after invasion. This study of Torres Strait Islander people and Aboriginal people presents an accurate history of Australia.
Indigenous Studies covers both Aboriginal Studies and Torres Strait Islander Studies by definition. Torres Strait Islander people are indigenous to Australia and the distinction between Aboriginal people Torres Strait Islander people is only culture. Therefore, Indigenous Studies is the study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, societies and cultures, both as a subject in its own right and as content incorporated into all curriculum areas at all levels of education. Indigenous Studies is not just an isolated unit of work, as it also involves Indigenous perspectives across all curriculum areas (Craven, 2011, p 3). Australia was colonised on the basis of the legal fiction of terra nullius- "land belonging to no one-all the institutions of Australia, including education, have been European based. Australian education systems have been…
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