Weaving Torres Strait Islander Language and Culture into Teaching and Learning

Robyn Ober, Noressa Bulsey, Norah Pearson , Claire Bartlett

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This chapter describes how Torres Strait Islander educators are able to weave their ways of being, doing, and knowing into their own teaching pedagogy by drawing on traditional knowledge systems and bringing a culturally appropriate and inclusive perspective in their classroom practices. This is exemplified by two Torres Strait Islander both-ways practitioners who provide an overview of their family’s histories and their educational backgrounds – and in doing so show their unique social, cultural, and linguistic identity. They describe their own educational learning journey from humble beginnings on their island homelands to struggles as students and challenges as professional teachers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island independent and public schools. They share practical tips for teachers wishing to work in Torres Strait Islander educational contexts. They describe the need to recognise, acknowledge, and celebrate student knowledges in the teaching and learning process. They highlight the need for teachers to support students in culturally safe, inclusive, and appropriate ways and how this can be drawn upon to develop new knowledges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous Education in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationLearning and Teaching for Deadly Futures
EditorsMarnee Shay, Rhonda Oliver
Place of PublicationOxon, UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-26345-3
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-20774-8, 978-0-367-20775-5
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


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