This course focuses on developing culturally competent teaching practices and curriculum. It is designed to help you if you are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. It also provides ideas and support for contexts where there are no Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, families or staff members. It aims to:
- provide understandings of the concept of cultural safety and the cultural needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators, children, families and communities
- explore some teaching ideas to embed understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures in curriculums
- provide some ways of understanding and moving beyond cultural tokenism
thinking about how diverse perspectives shape curriculum design.
Note that a wide diversity of approaches can be
taken and the examples included here aim to inspire you on your own journey
towards greater cultural competence.