Validating storytelling for Indigenous knowledge teaching

Cat Kutay, Elyssebeth Leigh

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Overview of workshop: This workshop is to follow on from the “He Awa Whiria” workshop to provide exercises in developing resources for engineering disciplines using Aboriginal Australian Knowledge, or other Indigenous knowledges where appropriate. The processes of storytelling and scenario creation will be the main themes, but also how to gather and use these stories in the curriculum. Storytelling is used in teaching concepts in engineering as this provides a way to:
1. Immerse students in an experience. Green and Brook (2000) present the theory of "transportation into a narrative world"
2. Provide a vivid explanation of why and how different engineering methods are used in different situations. Kennedy et al (2016) discuss some of the important protocols for Aboriginal Australian engagement.
3. Provide a context where the student’s known values, process or perceptions are not valid. Green & Donahue (2011) discuss the power of narrative to change beliefs 

These strategies in teaching are often hard to develop so we will provide a practical scenario as an example then move into groups for people to develop their own narratives. The workshop will then conclude with a summary of the issues discovered from this process

This process will be revisited and further developed in the one-day workshop following the conference, so this session provides an opportunity for those who cannot stay for that day, or who are unsure if this process is of use to them, to understand the issues involved in developing material of these kinds, and to gain confidence to carry out this process themselves with community.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Association for Engineering Education Conference 2018 - Hamilton, New Zealand
Duration: 9 Dec 201812 Dec 2018
Conference number: 29th


ConferenceAustralasian Association for Engineering Education Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleAAEE 2018
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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