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)
Tell a story.
Make a plan.
Think and do.
Take it outside.
Try a new way.
Watch first, then do.
Share it with others.
8 Aboriginal ways of learning is a framework that allows teachings to include Aboriginal perspective through these learning techniques. These links are:
~ Story sharing: connect through narratives that are shared.
~ Learning maps: visuals are used to map out learning processes to follow.
~ Non-verbal: without using words learning is applied through seeing, thinking, acting.
~ Symbols and images: use images to gain knowledge with art, land and objects.
~ Land links: Context changes to local land/place and linked to learning.
~ Non-linear: Build different ideas and perspectives to gain deeper understanding.
~ Deconstruct/Reconstruct: Working with wholes then breaking down into parts.
~ Community links: Connecting with real-life community and learning from local views.
(8 Aboriginal ways of learning factsheet, May 2012. Retrieved from http://intranet.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/510073/8-Aboriginal-ways-of-learning-factsheet.pdf)
A community of practice is a group of people who share a common concern, interest or passion which they learn about universally through experiences, stories and routines. It is NOT an individual practice with people who have social interests that has no learning opportunities.
– Domain: shared domain of interest involving commitment and competence in group.
– Community: group members engage in activities and discussion to share information and learn from each other.
– Practice: develop resources like experiences, stories, and tools which involves time and interaction.
(Tanner James, 2012. What makes a good P3 community of practice? [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.tannerjames.com.au/_blog/Tanner_James_Blog/tag/Community_of_Practice/)
I love this image. It gives a great explanation of what is involved in a community of practice.
(CTLT, 2013. Connecting communities of practice at UBC [Image]. Retrieved from http://ctlt.ubc.ca/2013/07/25/connecting-communities-of-practice-at-ubc/)