Macquarie University Environmental Literacies and Settings Analysis Paper

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Indigenous Knowledges and Cultural Perspectives Using Online Community based resources, ICTV, personal networks and at least two Academic references and two Journal articles, research one of three main topics and examine the subheadings contained within these and how they all interconnect. Focus on any one or two subheadings to produce a level of new knowledge and insight for yourself which you can share with the class. Be sure to also explain how you would link this knowledge with curriculum learning, and identify the relevant age and stage of your future class. Indigenous Inspirational Literacies • Art • Sand storying • Dance • Weaving • Tool making • Song/Music Environmental Literacies • Bush Tucker/Medicines • Reading Country • Seasons • Astronomy • Caring for Country/Land management • Wellbeing Country • Songlines • Lore/Law • Creation • Dreaming • Ceremony • Spirit Country Assessment criteria: • • • • • • Acknowledgement and Identification of peoples/Country whose cultural perspectives and knowledge was researched; 3 Degree of critical analysis and awareness of interconnectivity; 7 Evidence of research, depth of knowledge and understanding;7 Clear and coherent structure and development of ideas 3 Creativity. 5 Contribution to Exchange and Dialogue 5 A few initial Community Links and resources to help get you started. Remember ACU Library and Unit readings frame and support this learning journey. LINKS: ABC Indigenous: Australians Together: ICTV: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies: https:// Barani: Bangarra: Boomali: BADAC: Uncle Bryon Powell: Araluen Art Centre: Babbarra Women’s Centre: National Museum – Songlines, tracking the seven sisters: exhibitions/songlines Creative Spirits: Culture Victoria: Kanopy: EduTV: Wild black women: 2/ VASCAL: CSIRO: Indigenous/Indigenous-calendars AboriginalAstronomy: Examples/calendar.htm Australian Aboriginal Astronomy: Firesticks Alliance Cool Burns: Land care Australia: Traditional Aboriginal burning in modern day land management National Heritage Listing – Kimberleys: v=ybXg9zE9fnI NAIDOC Week Calendars: The Curriculum resources within NARRAGUNNAWALI https:// MBANTUA: Desert Art: 11 Facts about Ceremony: Indigenous Style: Songlines Aboriginal Music: UNESCO Knowledge of Nature Series UN Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform topics Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages: ACU LIBRARY Dreaming- The Art of Aboriginal people: You Tube Uncle Bob Randall – The land Owns us: Prof. David Suzuki – Restoring Lifes Fabric: v=p_J0eContIk National Heritage Listing – Kimberley: v=ybXg9zE9fnI QLD Indigenous portal: Garlambirla - Effective Practice in Aboriginal Education in NSW public schools; Lester & Hanlen 2004). Certainly, the aim is to include written literacy as a third Indigenous literacy practice. Environmental literacies may be defined as the knowledge and understandings that people use to read and interpret the natural world (Hanlen 2002b). These include reading the stars, sun and moon, seasons, and the environment for food, water, shelter and weather, body language; landmarks; tracks or markings in the sand, dirt and bush, and recognition of flora and fauna to use for specific needs (e.g. medicine, food, shelter, canoe and tool making, and so on). Many of these practices continue today, or with modifications, even by many who live in rural, regional and urban regions. Indigenous Australians live at the interface of their own culture and that of mainstream Australia, and literacy practices now need to include reading and writing. To gain social justice, Indigenous children need to be empowered in all literacy forms. The skills required for traditional Indigenous literacies, including oral literature, are basically the same as those required for contemporary Western written literacy practices to which Indigenous Australians are expected to perform competently, and include observation, recognition, memory, concentration, language, analysis, patience and steadiness of hand with regard to inspirational literacies (Hanlen 2002b). The differences between Western and Indigenous literacies are not an indication of deficit in children's skills. The role of parents and family in their children's education is extremely important. From birth, children learn and achieve levels of competency in language and daily routine activities te dressing ating toiletine bathing and combine hair and more
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A literate person is one who has adequate and competent knowledge on a given
phenomenon. Environmental literacy, therefore, implies a better understanding of the earth as an
existing physical system as well as a living environment composed of people living in different
environmental settings within a given landscape. The people found in societies have principles
and ideals that enable them to resolve different issues concerning their environment. Hence the
people's actions and motivations are geared towards realizing a difference in the environmental
settings. Additionally, environmental literacy focuses on four major issues that are beyond
science, education, and different traditional discipline. The four major issues ...

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