The Science Pathways for Indigenous Communities program has seen positive engagement with the schools, teachers and communities in using traditional ecological knowledge and western science to deliver Two-way Science programs.

Outcomes

Ongoing feedback from program staff, schools and community members have indicated that:

  • Strong program partnerships contributed to improved teacher capacity, student wellbeing and learning outcomes and the achievement of community education goals.
  • The program is contributing to student engagement and broader community building through the inclusion of Aboriginal leadership in education; incorporating language and culture into education; and creating opportunities for individuals' strengths to be acknowledged and valued across the broader community.
  • The program supported schools and teachers to deliver culturally responsive curriculum.

Case Study: Wiluna Remote Community School

Wiluna Remote Community School partners with the Martu Rangers to learn land management on country.

Wiluna Remote Community School sits in the Goldfields region of Western Australia on the edge of the Western Desert. Wiluna community leaders involved in the school have clear aspirations for their students’ education, including two-way education and on-country learning. The Science Pathways for Indigenous Communities program has been working with the school and community to develop these goals into an integrated Two-way Science learning program. Program staff have fostered sustainable, collaborative partnerships with the Wiluna Martu Rangers, local Indigenous organisations and visiting scientists resulting in regular, coordinated field trips where rangers, teachers and scientists work together to provide students with Two-way Science learning experiences.

Science Pathways for Indigenous Communities facilitators support trips on country with teachers and Martu Elders to give teachers experience of local culture and contextualise Martu ecological knowledge. Teachers and Elders regularly work together to connect Martu knowledge to the Australian curriculum and design Two-way Science inquiry activities. This collaboration is mapped out into a seasonal teaching calendar displayed in the school lunch room and regularly referred to by teachers. Students go on country with Martu Elders and teachers to undertake hands-on science activities. Leaning on country is supported by planning and reflection in the classroom sometimes involving classroom visits from Martu Elders and Indigenous Rangers.

In Wiluna, students are engaged in learning Two-way Science, saying they enjoy being out of the classroom, participating in hands-on activities, and interacting with the Elders to learn 'the old ways'. The program's Two-way Science approach has also been adopted for Wiluna's senior secondary students undertaking vocational training with the Indigenous Ranger program. These students are staying in school for longer as a result of the consistent and engaging two-way learning approach.

Wiluna Remote Community School has been recognised nationally for its Two-way Science program winning the 2017 Indigenous STEM Awards School Award and the 2018 WA Premier’s Excellence in Aboriginal Education Award.

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