Exploring how Indigenous Australians’ understanding of and adaptation to changing ecologies such as water ecology and fire management contributes to scientific knowledge and practices being adopted more broadly by society
- recognise that changes in climate and ecology have been experienced, collated and communicated by Indigenous Australians for millennia.
- describe how Indigenous Australian knowledge of changing ecologies is being reaffirmed by, as well as contributing to, Western Scientific knowledge
- define and communicate the multiple variables impacting water ecology in Central Australia
- define and communicate the relationship between Indigenous fire-burning practices and the generation of carbon credits in contemporary Australia.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:
Students learn to:
- Analyse the key factors that contribute to scientific knowledge and practices being adopted more broadly by society (AC9S10H03).
Syllabus outcomes: SC5-15LW
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards:
Students can analyse the key factors that influence interactions between science and society
- Digital Mind Map tool (optional)
- Earth Date Fact Sheet – The Oldest Story Ever Told
- Reflection Worksheet 4 C’s Thinking Routine
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
- ethical understanding
- intercultural understanding
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that these lessons may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate class discussion; teach the tool of concept mapping.
This is an original Cool+ lesson.