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First Nations Science contexts in the Science classroom

 Workshop | Cecilia McNeilly and Debra SmithFriday 23rd of June - 3.30pm | Wickham Room


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross curriculum priority is a key part of the Australian Curriculum. However, teachers can find it challenging to incorporate this priority authentically and effectively into science lessons. In this workshop, we’ll share some of the key considerations, approaches and resources educators can use to embed Australian First Nations Peoples' Science contexts into lessons in an authentic and culturally sensitive way.

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About Cengage

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. Confident students are successful learners, so we design tools that keep them moving toward their goals. We develop transformational, cutting-edge teaching and learning tools that promote analysis, evaluation, synthesis and application. Cengage is a leading content creator, and the number one higher education publisher in Australia.

About Debra Smith | Author for  Nelson Science

Debra is an experienced science teacher and author of many junior science and Chemistry text books and resource material. She has been Head of Science at several high schools and has been involved in writing science curriculum at local, state, and national levels. Debra has held executive positions on both state and national science teacher associations. She has won teaching excellence awards at state and national levels including the 2010 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

Cecilia McNeilly | ACER; Author for Nelson Science

Dr Celia McNeilly is a scientist and educator with expertise in initiatives to increase Australian First Nations students’ engagement and achievement in science. Celia has held roles at ACARA, the University of Melbourne, Queensland Department of Education and CSIRO where she has worked with First Nations education experts in the selection and development of education resources that represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and perspectives in culturally safe and sensitive ways. 

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