Plants and people: A partnership with Aboriginal Elders to provide a rich learning experience for first year botany students

John Harper, Aunty Gloria Rogers, Aunty Beryl Philip Carmichael, Barbara Hill, Caroline Love, Geoffrey Burrows

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Abstract

First Year Botany offers a great opportunity to teach students about the wealth of knowledge Aboriginal people have of Australian plants and their uses as food, medicines, tools and as an integral part of their culture. The most appropriate way to do this was to use Charles Sturt University’s Indigenous strategy protocols to respectfully seek advice from Aboriginal Elders. Through consultation and immersion in an Aboriginal culture camp a rich Indigenous perspective was achieved that has begun to be incorporated, not only into our first year subjects but throughout our Agricultural course. A continuing partnership with Elders, discussions with colleagues, curriculum alignment, and assessment of Indigenous content have been key components towards embedding Indigenous content into our courses in a meaningful way that highlights its importance and will engender cultural competency.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012) - Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 26 Jun 201229 Jun 2012
http://fyhe.com.au/past_papers/papers12/FYHE%20Proceedings.pdf

Conference

Conference15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012)
Abbreviated titleNew Horizons
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period26/06/1229/06/12
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    Harper, J., Rogers, A. G., Philip Carmichael, A. B., Hill, B., Love, C., & Burrows, G. (2012). Plants and people: A partnership with Aboriginal Elders to provide a rich learning experience for first year botany students. Abstract from 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2012), Brisbane, Australia.