What is the third cultural space?
It is a learning space where the Aboriginal ways of knowing interconnects with the Western ways of knowing. It aims to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and perspectives within schools to change ways of thinking and build reconciliation for the future.
Teachers and students alike hold their own personal views which include individual beliefs, values and cultural understandings. As teachers, the third cultural space is important for students to learn about because it related to our past and future. Our Australian history is unique and building respect for each other is vital to understand different view points.
By incorporating the 8 Aboriginal ways of learning in the class then there may form a change in cultural thinking. Thus, this third cultural space can begin to develop.
(Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspective in Schools. Retrieved from http://deta.qld.gov.au/indigenous/pdfs/eatsips_2011.pdf)
(Wikimedia Commons, 2012. Flag map of Australia (Aboriginal Australian flag) [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_map_of_Australia_(Aboriginal_Australian_Flag).png)