Module 4.2 Indigenous Science Education

This video highlights the Indigenous Science Education Program put together by Macquarie University.  The goal is to engage Indigenous students through science by providing positive role models.  The program is part of the science curriculum at Maclean High School.  The program was started at the request of local elders as they were noticing an increase in high school drop-outs by grade 12.  Uncle Ron (an elder in the program) comments, “There was an outcry from a lot of the Aboriginal people. They weren’t getting a fair go at school. The white system was only meant for all the white people so we decided to do a system that was meant for both you know?” The program recognizes and respects Indigenous culture.  Andrew Ford, a science teacher in the program mentions how the elders are the driving force and that the elders give a lot of the verbal knowledge while he gives that scientific back up.  He also states: “but the elders basically drive what we do out here on the field. This is their country, this is their knowledge”.

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