APAC is a project that aims to broaden and deepen students' and teachers' understanding of Aboriginal cultures and ways of being. Teaching APAC will assist all students to be able to look at the world from an Aboriginal viewpoint and understand the different Aboriginal points of view on a range of issues such as reconciliation, social justice and equality.
The APAC project has been developed to provide teachers and schools with a wide range of resources to enable them to improve the academic performance of Aboriginal students. It will also provide resources that will assist teachers to implement Aboriginal Studies in their classroom.
All Department of Education staff are obliged to undertake cultural awareness training. The APAC site contains resources, links and further information that will support staff to meet their obligations.
Teaching Aboriginal perspectives involves assisting your students to be able to look at the world from an Aboriginal point of view and understanding the different Aboriginal points of view on a range of issues. Different issues and viewpoints affect people in different ways; we need to start from, and keep in mind, a cultural aspect. Aboriginal culture should be valued in your curriculum and Aboriginal cultures should be recognised as entities in themselves. There are many cultures valued in schools, Italian, Polish and others, and it is important also to look at things from an Aboriginal point of view instead of always coming from the dominant culture. Alison Motlik
APAC can be implemented in three alternative ways:
It is important that students learn not just about but from Aboriginal people (in person, by phone or through recommended books, video...). Adele Pring
Aboriginal Perspectives Across the Curriculum, South Australian Department for Education) ©apacsa
Few of the 250 Aboriginal languages in use at the time of colonisation were written down until fairly recently and many words have a number of equally acceptable spellings. Where possible, we have tried to adopt consistent spelling throughout the APAC site. For example, the spelling of Noongar words is based upon the Noongar Dictionary compiled by Rose Whitehurst which was based on the orthography agreed at Marribank in 1997.
The APAC project has drawn upon expertise and content from a wide range of people: from the Aboriginal Education Branch; from regional offices; from schools and universities; and from the community. Their contributions are all gratefully acknowledged.