First Nations Science contexts in the Science classroom
Workshop | Cecilia McNeilly and Debra Smith | Friday 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 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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