Synopses & Reviews
A thoroughly revised new edition of this widely used text on teaching Aboriginal issues across the curriculum in Australian schools. Teaching Aboriginal Studies has been a practical guide for classroom teachers in primary and secondary schools, as well as student teachers, across Australia. Chapters on Aboriginal history and culture, stereotypes and racism, government policies, and reconciliation provide essential knowledge for integrating Aboriginal history and culture, issues, and perspectives across the curriculum. This second edition encompasses developments over the past decade in Aboriginal affairs, Aboriginal education, and research. It features a wide range of valuable teaching sources including poetry, images, oral histories, media, and government reports. There are also strategies for teaching Aboriginal Studies in different contexts and the latest research findings. The text is lavishly illustrated with photographs, posters, paintings, prints, ads, and cartoons. Teaching Aboriginal Studies is the product of consultation and collaboration across Australia. Remarkable educators and achievers, both Aboriginal and other Australians, tell what teachers need to know and do to help Aboriginal students reach their potential, educate all students about Aboriginal Australia, and make this country all that we can be.
"The importance of this book cannot be overestimated. We have been insisting for years that pre-service teachers be required to learn about Aboriginal history, culture and identity, and that it be regarded as integral to qualifying for their education degrees." —Lionel Bamblett, General Manager, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Inc.
About the Author
Professor Rhonda Craven
led the Project of National Significance, "Teaching the Teachers: Indigenous Australian Studies," from which this book developed. One of Australia's leading education researchers, she now heads the Educational Excellence and Equity (E3) Research Program at the University of Western Sydney.