Engaging Indigenous Knowledges, Pedagogies and Curriculum
Monday 21 September 2015, University of South Australia, Adelaide
This symposium will examine approaches to engaging Indigenous knowledges, pedagogies and curriculum. It will provide an opportunity to build communities of best practice across a range of disciplines including: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); humanities; social sciences; education; health; business and Indigenous studies. The Symposium will bring together academics, teachers, community members and students to address the following:
- What is ‘best practice’ when engaging Indigenous perspectives, knowledges and pedagogies in curriculum?
- What contributions can Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff make to Indigenous content in education?
- What are the issues for different disciplines, such as STEM, health, business and humanities?
- How do students learn best about Indigenous Australians, communities and organisations?
- How do we prepare our students to be inter-culturally competent professionals?
- How is institutional readiness created for Indigenous content in the curriculum?
UniSA has a long tradition of developing curricula around discipline and professional practice in relation to working with Indigenous Australians. Since 2005, UniSA requires all undergraduate students to have Indigenous content in their program of study. Academic staff work in partnership with colleagues in the David Unaipon School of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER) to deliver this policy. In 2014, UniSA launched its Reconciliation Action Plan to further strengthen its Indigenous Content Program and move towards its aspiration to become the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student ‘university of choice’.
In 2014, the Indigenous Content in STEM Symposium was organised by the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment and the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER). A panel of Indigenous academics and community members discussed embedding Indigenous content in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It attracted over 60 attendees from the wider community, UniSA and other universities.
The success of this Symposium provided encouragement to run a broader event in 2015 exploring the embedding of Indigenous content in disciplines such as business, education, health, humanities, Indigenous studies and STEM.
The 2015 symposium organising committee consists of staff from the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER), the Office of the Dean of Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research and all UniSA Divisions (Business; Education, Arts and Social Sciences; Health Sciences; Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment).
This Symposium is hosted by the University of South Australia with funding support from the Portfolio of Student Engagement and Equity, UniSA College, the UniSA Business School and the Divisions of Education, Arts and Social Sciences; Health Sciences; and Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment.
This Symposium is strongly supported by the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER) and the Office of the Dean of Indigenous Scholarship, Engagement and Research.
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